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VOL. 45 JANUARY. 1998 NfiJ. 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2:11 _ a _^__ 


What shall I wish thee? Treasures of earth, 
Songs in the springtime, pleasures and mirth, 
Flowers on thy pathway, skies ever clear, -- 
Would this insure thee a happy New Year? 

What shall I wish thee? What can be found, 
Bringing thee sunshine all the year round, 
Where is the treasure, lasting and dear, 
That will insure thee a happy New Year? 

Faith that increases, walking in light, 
Hope that aboundeth, happy and bright, 
Love that is perfect, casting out fear,-- 
These shall insure a happy New Year. 

Peace in the Saviour, rest at His feet, 
Smile of His countenance, radiant and sweet, 
Joy in His presence, Christ ever near,-- 
This will insure thee a happy New Year. 

-Selected from 1896 Evangelical Visitor 


THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


On a recent trip to the California coast, my wife and I 
noticed especially the smooth, clean sand of the beach where 
the violent Pacific surf had swept away all marks left by people 
or animals. Each new year, each morning, in fact, each unit of 
time, God gives us a clean sheet of opportunity for the future 
like the smooth sand of the beach. 

What we do with the next unit of time, therefore, is up to 
us. Depending on our past and our present circumstances, we 
need to repent, or grow, or learn, or communicate, or make 
promises, or forgive. This last introduces the focus of this 
writing. Here at The Pilgrim we received this request from a 

"I would like to see an article on fully forgiving people so 
that the offender feels he is truly forgiven. The offended and 
the offender need this in order to reach full spiritual growth." 

Forgiveness is one of the most vital subjects we can 
contemplate, for we need to have it and we need to give it. If 
we refuse to give it, according to Jesus' own words, we will not 
receive it from our heavenly Father. And without His 
forgiveness, we perish. Our reader has introduced a most 
important subject indeed. 

One of my first thoughts on the request has to do with the 
term fully forgiving. Forgiveness that is not full forgiveness is 
not forgiveness at all. It is like the word perfect We don't 
have more or less perfection, for perfection is absolute. So 
must forgiveness be complete and foil 

Like the new year before us, forgiveness gives the person 
receiving it a clean slate —a new beginning. The tracks are 
washed off the sand. The beach is clean and fresh. We can go 
forward without condemnation. 


We cannot place too much emphasis on our duty to forgive. 
If somehow Satan has deceived us into thinking we have no 
need of forgiveness, we may be careless about how we forgive 
others. But hear the Word of God: Romans 3; 10, 11, 23,: "As 
it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is 
none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God..." 
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." 
King David pleads in Psalm 51: "Have mercy upon me, O 
God... blot out my transgression... wash me.. Hide thy face from 
my sins, and blot out all my iniquities." If we understand God's 
laws and His expectations for His people, we don't have to be 
told that we need His mercy. Because we need His mercy, we 
must be merciful. 

"I never forgive," General James Oglethorpe said to John 

"Then I hope, sir, "replied Wesley, "you never sin." 

We hear, "I can forgive, but I can't forget!" Not sufficient! 
God says that He will not remember our sins: "I will forgive 
their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." This is a 
feature of the new covenant prophesied in Jeremiah 3 1 and 
repeated in Hebrews 8:8-13 and 10:16,17. Is it possible that 
God could or would forget? I believe He can dismiss from His 
memory anything undesirable. But we say we can't do this. If 
we will to forget any offense, slight, or sin against us, God will 
help us in it. At least if we would someday be reminded of it, 
we could remember it without resentment-totally free from any 
evil thought of retaliation. 

Why not, then, just forget a hurt or an insult? Put it out of 
your mind. Say it doesn f t matter-forget it. To forget before 
you forgive is backwards. In the first place, it is next to 
impossible. We must admit to ourselves that it was painful and 
then consciously forgive. Forgive and then forget, but never 
the other way around. 


Quoting from The Freedom of Forgiveness by David 

"So few sins can be paid for, and so very seldom does the 
victim possess the power or the advantage to demand payment. 

"In most cases, f making things right' is beyond possibility! 
Repayment is impossible! 

"So, here's where revenge comes in. If you cannot get 
equal payment or restitution out of the man who's wronged you, 
at least you can get revenge. Pay him back in kind, tit for tat. 
Serve him the same sauce. 

"'Get even 1 with him-if you insist. But remember, to get 
even, you make yourself even with your enemy. You bring 
yourself down to his level, and below... 

"Revenge is the most worthless weapon in the world. It 
ruins the avenger while more firmly confirming the enemy in his 
wrong. It initiates an endless flight down the bottomless 
stairway of rancor, reprisals, and ruthless retaliation." 

The answer is Jesus' way of forgiveness. Clear the air. 
Wash the sand clean of defects. Experience the freedom and 
peace that comes when we forgive. 

As the question states, "The offended and the offender need 
this in order to reach full spiritual growth." For the offender 
there can be two courses, and neither promotes spiritual 
growth. If he is not forgiven, he can become careless and even 
justified in his wrong deed if he sees a spirit of revenge. "Why 
should I worry? He is paying me back for all 1 did." On the 
other hand, he might be "swallowed up with overmuch sorrow" 
as Paul warned in II Cor. 2:7. In either case growth is hindered. 

For the one who has received the wrong and not been able 
to forgive, the results are still worse. He can become bitter, 
filled with self-pity, or hateful if he resents instead of forgives. 
Besides this, he forfeits the forgiveness he needs for Ms own 
mistakes. He finds himself in needless bondage to hatred, and 


missing the freedom and the spiritual growth he could have if he 
freely forgives. 

There should be no question in our minds about the 
lightness of forgiving, because Jesus commanded it and 
practiced it Himself. From the cross, perhaps lying on it as the 
nails were driven, He cried, "Father, forgive them for they know 
not what they do." From this example we learn that we need 
not wait to forgive until one asks for it. 

Nikita Krushchev claimed, "My sole difference with Christ 
is that when someone hits me on the right cheek, I hit him on 
the left so hard that his head falls off." Violence is rampant in 
the world today and it is not just in Communist countries. In 
feet, the same writer, David Augsburger, reports, "In a recent 
year in America some six thousand persons died of gunshot 
wounds. Contrast this with Great Britain where there were 
fewer than thirty; France, under twenty; Belgium, less than a 

In the world with these hostile and unforgiving 
characteristics, Jesus tells us, "Peace I leave with you, my peace 
I give unto you: not as the world givetli, give I unto you. Let 
not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." Using Jesus' 
way of peace, forgiveness, and non-resistance, we can be free to 
grow in Him by the power of His Holy Spirit. — L.C. 


With the chill winter air and frosty nights of this season the 
wood pile so carefully stacked last summer is far too quickly 
disappearing. Yet, it's worthwhile to see it diminish when we 
enjoy the heat of our trusty fireplace insert. Perhaps the next 
time you rest by a warmly radiating wood stove you, too, will 
consider how often we cherish the value of fire. With the 
warmth of a cheeiy fire in a stove or fireplace we heat our 
homes. With a hot fire a welder can manufacture a useful 


implement. With a bright lire's light we can see to accomplish 
an important task. 

And yet, fire can also be destructive. Newspaper accounts 
frequently detail the destruction of a building or a home by fire. 
Many of us have smoke detectors in our homes to warn us in 
case of fire, and we admonish our children, " Do not play with 
matches." We recently heard of a family whose home was 
burned to the ground, destroying all their earthly possessions. 
The mother commented that the worst loss was for their twelve 
year-old son who lost all his baseball trophies from Little 
League. These trophies were " irreplaceable," she said. 

Our hearts go out to those who suffer loss in this way. We 
probably cannot fully comprehend the emotional impact of the 
burning of a family's home. 

But what about the loss of a boy's trophies? What a graphic 
picture this loss is of the end of this life and the burning up of all 
of our earthly treasures. Our little trinkets and toys, all our 
"trophies" we have collected, our prized possessions as well as 
our accomplishments will be gone in a puff of smoke after 
God's judgment fire purifies them. That is, unless they have 
been done for God's glory, in God's strength, and in accord with 
God's will. 

The Bible makes clear that a day is coming when the sum 
total of all that we have accomplished during our stay on this 
earth will be subjected to God's testing fires. This shouldn't 
surprise us, for we read in Hebrews 12:29; "For our God is a 
consuming fire." 

I Corinthians 3:12-15 is the passage which takes us to the 
heart of the concept: 

"Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, 
silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man's 
work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare 
it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall 
tiy every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's 


work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall 

receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he 

shall suffer loss... 11 

This future event holds the potential for for greater loss than 
the mere burning of earthly trophies. This future time will 
reveal how much of this earth's time we have wasted and spent 
on meaningless pursuits, squandered on selfishness, consumed 
on our own agenda rather than on God's work, 

This fixture day of burning away such waste should spur us 
on to aspire for that which will bring God glory. 

The Greek word which is translated "reward" is also used in 
our Bibles for "wages" and "hire". It can mean either dues paid 
for work, or a reward in the classic sense of the fruit naturally 
resulting from toils and endeavors. It includes both the rewards 
which God bestows, or will bestow, upon our good deeds and 
endeavors and also includes punishments one justly has earned. 

In this sense, considering future rewards is both a comfort 
to the faithftd believer and also a fearful prospect for the 
spiritually lazy or the unbeliever. Consider that the Lord 
promises in Revelation 22:12, "And, behold, I come quickly; 
and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his 
work shall be." 

Would you like to consider more on this subject? We might 
suggest taking the time to examine some of these Scriptures: 
Psalms 19:11; Proverbs 1 1:18; Matthew 6: 1,4-6; Matthew 6: 16, 
18; I Corinthians 3:8; Hebrews 10:35; Hebrews 11:26; and II 
John 8, 

—Kenneth Johnson 
Modesto, California 

When a person realizes how much he needs the Saviour he 
is a lot better off than when he thought he was 'good enough.' 


DARK VICTORY: A true story by Bess A. Olson. 

Evening shadows had long darkened the Clydeside Manse in 
Ineilan, Scotland, Still the pastor did not make a light. He 
needed no lamp to guide his steps as he paced restlessly back 
and forth in the familiar room His rugged, Scot's face, usually 
so alive with tenderness and understanding, was haggard with 
inward suffering. It seemed as if the combined loneliness, 
disappointment, and heartaches of the past had come upon him 
in an overwhelming flood. 

With a moan he threw himself into a chair and held his head 
in hands that shook. "Dear God," he whispered brokenly. 
"How long? How long?" 

It was a strange cry to come from the Up s of a man, barely 
forty; in good health and a success in his chosen field* Yet on 
the evening of June 6, 1882, George Matheson felt that life had 
little to offer him. Disappointments met him at every turn. And 
all of his trouble seemed bound up in one inescapable, 
unalterable fact-he was blind! 

Blind! He ought to be used to the thought, he mused, after 
twenty years of doing without his eyes. Longer, really, for he 
had known from boyhood that Ms sight was failing. He had 
learned, early, to make the best of his keen memory so that he 
had always stood at the head of his class. 

He had learned, early, to overcome heartache. Today, 
however, on his sister's wedding day, old memories had hurt 
again. He had been but eighteen, his sight unmistakably gone, 
when she had left him too. Loneliness had become his lifelong 
companion. He had never married. 

He had learned to bless the tragedy, though, for it had 
thrown him desperately into his studies at Glasgow University. 
In spite of his blindness, at nineteen, he had graduated, head and 
shoulders above his schoolmates. The grief and loneliness had 


done more. Tliey had drawn hirn closer to Hitn, Whose love 
would never fail— would never let him go. 

Suddenly the almost unbearable weight lifted. The blind 
man f s heart surged in a return of love and devotion to the One 
Who through all of the darkness had ever been faithful As if a 
voice were speaking to him he listened, his lips forming words— 

"O, Love that will not let me go, 

I rest my weary soul in Thee. 

I give Thee back the life I owe, 

That in Thine ocean depths the flow may richer, fuller be. 

"O Light, that followest all my way," 
he continued, the lines coming easily. 
"I yield my flickering torch to Thee—" 
His heart rose with exultation— 
fl O joy, that seekest me through pain, 
I cannot close my heart to thee— 11 

Four stanzas he wrote without hesitation. He said later, "I 
had the impression of having it dictated to me by some inward 
voice, not of working it out myself. I am quite sure that the 
whole work was completed in five minutes, and equally sure 
that it never received at my hands any retouching or 
correction. 1 ' 

The hymn took Scotland by storm. Many found comfort in 
the song written out of the grief of another. Its popularity 
spread to other lands and today after seventy years (125 years 
now) it is still cheering distressed hearts. To George Matheson, 
it was ever as a "dayspring from on high," a source of release in 
many a dark day. 

Dr. George Matheson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 
1842. He began the pastorate at the Inellan church where the 
hymn was written, at the age of twenty-four and remained there 
eighteen years, greatly beloved by the members. During that 

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time he began to write deep, theological works. He became 
known outside Inellan. 

"Have you heard the blind preacher of Clydeside?" people 
asked one another. 

"What wonderful truths he gives from God's Word!*' they 
said. "You would never think he was blind. He gives his 
Scripture references, chapter and verse with never a mistake!' 1 

One day a royal summons came for him from Queen 
Victoria. He was to preach at Balmoral Castle. It was reported 
the Queen was "immensely inspired and very grateful." 

When George Matheson was forty-four years old he was 
called to St. Bernard's Church in Edinburgh. For thirteen years 
he ably ministered to its two thousand members. He became 
very well known. People came from far and near to hear him. 
Young men, especially, were attracted to him. 

Much of his work as a scholar and theologian was published 
at this time. His brilliant mind urged him on in the field of 
scholarship. His eager mind thirsted for more learning. But 
once again the old barrier stopped him. His blindness made 
intense research an impossibility. Like a great wall his affliction 
seemed to shut him off from achievement. Was it always to be 
thus? Reaching out for greater activity and finding-frustration? 

Then--"0 Cross, that liftest up my head, 

I dare not ask to fly from thee," 

The words given a dozen years before gripped him afresh. 
George Matheson bowed his head in complete surrender and 

"I lay in dust life's glory dead, 

"And from the ground there blossoms red, life that shall 
endless be." 

With all of his heart he turned to spiritual things, finding 
God more precious than human love, accomplishments, or 
fame. His writings changed to the devotional, continuing until 


his deatli in 1906, enriching many. His own life deepened, 
blessing all who heard him. 

Dr. Parkhurst of New York said after hearing him, "He 
prays, and such a prayer! It seems profane to write about it. 
Though his sight is eclipsed, he does see God, he does see into 
the hearts of his people. For forty minutes he preached. We 
were instructed, refreshed, inspired!" 

—from the 1954 Sunday School Herald 


God is faithful, God is true. 
What He tells us, He will do. 
We can trust Him for our need. 
He is powerful; He will lead. 

We should trust Him every day. 
He will always show the way. 
If we seek Him, He is there. 
He is present everywhere, 

Through our trials, in our woe, 
He will help us, onward go. 
For each moment, strength He'll send; 
Faitb&l always to the end. 

Faithful still our God will be, 
When He calls us, "Come to Me." 
Then this faithful God we'll see, 
Always in eternity. 

—James Beery 


Rt 1, Box 336 Taylorsville, MS 39168 

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WILLIAM DAVID HITCH was bom in Whittier, California, 
to Earl and Mary (Bowman) Hitch on November 24, 1912, and 
passed away December 5, 1997, at his home near Long Bam, 

When Daddy was two years old, he with his family moved 
to Modesto, California, where he lived until August, 1946. Up 
until this time his occupation was mostly farming. 

On December 3, 1933, he married Catherine Flora of 
Nappanee, Indiana, and to this union were bom one son and 
three daughters, Earl Hitch of Sugar Pine, CA; Carol Cover and 
Nancy Zelazny of Tuolumne, CA; and Rachel Reyes of 
Ventura, CA. They were blessed with sixty-four years of 
married life. 

In 1934 Daddy and Mama answered the call of Jesus and 
were baptized and joined the Old Brethren Church. 

In August of 1946 he with his family moved to Long Bam 
where he operated a shingle mill, did tree felling, and sold 
firewood. For quite a few years he worked at Dodge Ridge and 
later worked for the Forest Service at June Lake, California, for 
six summers. 

He retired from Cal Trans after 1974, and in retirement he 
and Catherine spent part of sixteen winters in the desert at 
Tecopa, California, where he enjoyed the health benefits of the 
hot springs. 

Daddy was respected and loved by his neighbors and friends 
and was a great handyman to the neighborhood and enjoyed 
woodworking in his shop. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by 
two sisters: Barbara Hitch of Merced, California; and Esther 
Cover of Modesto, California; and many nieces and nephews. 



William leaves to mourn ids passing, his wife, four children, 
thirteen grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren and 
many brethren and sisters and neighbors and friends. 

We rest in the promise of Jesus, who said, "For God so 
loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that 
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have 
everlasting life." (John 3:16) 

The family wishes to express their gratitude for the support 
of all who have helped us at this time of sorrow. Funeral 
services were held December 8, at Terzich and Wilson Funeral 
Home in Sonora by Leslie Cover and Lloyd Wagner. Burial 
was in Wood Colony Cemetery near Salida. 

—The Family 

Happy New Year to all our readers. We praise God for our 
many faithful Christian friends. Thank you to all who have 
supported this publication with subscriptions and with writings 
or selections. Kenneth Martin has faithfully submitted his 
column on "Searching the Scriptures." Thanks to those 
supplying the Children's Page, to Bill Miller for address labels, 
to Sarah and Rhoda for typing and proofreading. 

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God bless each one as we strive by His grace to serve one 
another in His Kingdom. —Leslie and Martha Cover 



(With this January issue, Brother Kenneth begins a new 
series of articles focusing on the name of Jesus Christ.) 

Jesus came into the world to win the affection of every 
human heart. This attraction was to supersede all other desires. 
Not until this is accomplished in our hearts can we be saved 
from the power of sin and death. 

To love Him in this magnitude requires a relationship with 
Him that spontaneously moves our hearts and tongues to joy 
and gladness with thanksgiving in every remembrance of Him. 

His name becomes our security and defence. No one can 
harm us when His name is known and honored. To know Him 
is to become like Him. In the honor of His name and what it 
signifies is where life finds its total fulfillment and blessing. This 
is where we find peace and assurance in the disappointments in 

Only in knowing Him can we declare a righteousness that 
cemes through faith. Only in knowing and declaring His name 
can we come before God's presence with His approval. 

Only in knowing Him, and in obedience to Him, can we 
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Only in knowing Him will 
we be known by Him in the hour and article of death. Only in 
knowing Him can we know each other in Him. 

The apostle Paul declared the knowledge of knowing Christ 
to be the greatest, and most valuable achievement of the human 
mind, because this is eternal life. I John 5:20: "And we know 
that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an 
understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in 
him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true 
God, and eternal life." 

—Kenneth Martin 


Elaine and Adam had not seen Grandma for over a year. 
Baby Teddy had never seen her because he was not even a year 
old. Therefore, Grandma's arrival caused much excitement 
among the children. 

Grandma's right knee was hurting very badly, so die needed 
to sit most of the time. Still, she wanted to help Mama 
somehow. Mama brought her a pile of mending that needed to 
be done, and Grandma was pleased to do it. 

"Grandma, are you putting jewels in your heart, too?" 
Elaine asked. 

"Jewels in my heart? What do you mean?" questioned 
Grandma. When Elaine explained about the jewels, Grandma 
smiled. "Yes, I guess I am," she said. 

Just then a spool of thread dropped from her fingers and 
rolled across the floor, unwinding as it went. Adam scrambled 
after it, quick as a flash. "A jewel for you, Adam!" Grandma 
remarked. This made Elaine anxious to gather a jewel and 
some praise from Grandma, too. 

"Elaine," Mama called. "I need the table set for lunch." A 
frown started to cross Elaine's face, but she remembered just in 
time that setting the table would be helping Mama, and make 
another jewel in her heart. Off she ran to set the table. 

"May I pick a bouquet for the table since Grandma is here?" 
she asked Mama. 

"That would be very nice," Mama answered. 

When Grandma hobbled out to the table, her eyes lit up with 
delight! "A jewel for you, Elaine! I always like to see the table 
set neatly, with each plate, knife, fork, and spoon carefully in 
place. And, the flowers are so very pretty! What a pleasure it 
will be to eat with my jewel- adorned grandchildren!" 

Grandma's pleasure and praise made both children glow 
with happiness, and they determined to try harder to gather 
jewels in their hearts. —Linda Frick 


The clock of time is wound but once, 
And no man hath the power 
To tell just when the hands will stop- 
At late or early hour. 
Now is the only time you own: 
So live, love, toil with a will; 
Do not depend upon tomorrow, for 
The clock may then be still. 


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VOL. 45 FEBRUARY. 1998 Nfl^2 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2:11 


"Till He come!" O let the words 
Linger on the trembling chords; 
Let the little while between 
In their golden light be seen; 
Let us think how heaven and home 
Lie beyond that -- "Till He come;" 

When the weary ones we love 
Enter on their rest above, 
When their words of love and cheer 
Fall no longer on our ear, 
Hush, be every murmur dumb; 
It is only -"Till He come." 

See, the feast of love is spread, 
Drink the wine, and break the bread; 
Sweet memorials, —till the Lord 
Call us round His heavenly board; 
Some from earth, from glory some, 
Severed only -"Till He come." 

-Edward H. Bickersteth 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5,00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor; Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, C A 95379 


What is the most beautiful of all the sights you have seen in 
the world? Was it a sunset? a flower? a river or snow covered 
mountain? As I write, our peacock with his new crop of multi- 
colored feathers, is making his morning inspection of his 
domain. Here is one of the most beautiful of God's creatures. 
His neck and breast are bright, unbroken blue. His wings are 
barred black and white with a tan or orange section and a solid 
black area. His back is radiant green. But most beautiful are 
the long feathers growing from his back, iridescent with greens 
and blues and a colorful eye on each feather. In the sun these 
colors change from green to bronze with a variety of 
indescribable color. He can fluff out these long feathers to 
clean them, which he does many times a day. But when he 
struts in his show to peahens and other fowl, his main plumes 
stand up supported by shorter, stiff tail feathers, and the 
symmetrical display is simply gorgeous. What beauty God has 

It is sometimes said that the peacock is proud. But really, 
he is only doing what God made him to do. And in other areas 
he is ordinary or even deficient. For instance, his brain is very 
small; instinct seems to be his main intelligence, for he doesn't 
learn, even from repeated lessons. 

Man is not so colorful. And yet there is a beauty of face 
and form so attractive, so admired by all, surpassing by far the 
colors of the peacock. This beauty and the appreciation of it is 
God-given. But the world with its false values has so distorted, 
exploited, and debased the physical beauty, that it appears as 
mainly a tool for the adversary. 


Beautiful men and women of the past have included Rachel, 
Bath-sheba, Absalom, Abishag, and the late Princess Diana. 
But the physical beauty was not enough, and in some cases was 
even a snare. True inner beauty comes alone from God. Queen 
Esther had it and so did Ruth. Jesus had it to perfection. He 
may be the one described in the Song of Solomon who is 
"altogether lovely." 

What is true beauty? All that we see with our eyes will 
sometime fail, lose its beauty, and be destroyed. Is there any 
kind of beauty that is lasting? One older sister in the church 
used to say, "Beauty is as beauty does!" If this is true, it places 
true beauty on deeds rather than looks. We all know that a 
person of outstanding physical beauty can spoil it all by selfish 
actions or cynical attitudes or unkindness. That kind of beauty 
is "only skin deep." 

Only God can bestow the beauty that endures. He created 
all the beauty of form that appeals to us only for time. But He 
gives also lasting beauty that will never fade when He creates in 
us new hearts that love and forgive and serve. 

In Romans 10:15 Paul quotes part of Isaiah 52:7 which 
says, "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him 
that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth 
good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto 
Zion, Thy God reigneth!" Feet take no prizes for beauty, but 
when they are used to bring the good news of salvation in 
Christ, they are most beautiful. Outstanding in this respect are 
those servants of God who have taken and are taking the 
Gospel into the areas of darkness where superstitions are 
overcome by truth, and souls are rescued from ignorance and 
given life in Christ. 

Esther was probably the most beautiful girl available in 
Persia. But her true beauty was exposed when she 
courageously risked her life for her people. 


Ruth was perhaps a common looking Moabite girl, but her 
inner beauty became famous when she refused to leave her 
godly mother-in-law. Her example has been noted in thousands 
of marriages through the ages. 

Godly men and women receive the true beauty from the 
Spirit of God. It is not something inherent in our natures. You 
would think that grinding peacock feathers would produce 
pigment that an artist could mix and use to paint colorful 
pictures. But this is not so. If the feathers are ground, the 
colors disappear. Only in the form in which they were created, 
and only in the daylight are the peacock's colors beautiful. They 
reflect the colors in the light. Our beauty too is destructible. 
Only as we reflect the colors of the love of God can true beauty 
shine in us. We must fill the place for which we were created 
and live in the sunshine of God's grace in order to be beautiful 
for Him. 

About the perfections of God, the prophet Zechariah 
declares (9:17), "For how great is his goodness, and how great 
is his beauty!" We sing " Beautiful Savior" and "Jesus, the very 
thought of Thee With sweetness fills my breast." To us who 
have felt the forgiveness and new life by His sacrifice, He is 
beautiful. Paul says that Christ crucified is a stumbling block to 
the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks. It is so in our time too. 
"But to them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ 
(is) the power of God, and the wisdom of God." (I Cor. 1:24) 
Peter writes similarly in I Peter 2:7: "Unto you therefore which 
believe he is precious..," (See the next verses.) Peter tells 
godly women that the true ornamentation (something to make 
one beautiful) is "a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of 
God of great price." 

So, young girls (and boys too), if you really want to be 
beautiful and to have others praise your beauty, don't go to the 
drug store for makeup. Instead, develop this meek, quiet spirit. 


Ask God for the hidden beauty in the heart that loves and 
serves, and you will be truly beautiful to all. --L.C. 


Grandpa, Joseph Miller Cover, died when I was nine years 
of age but he left a lasting impression on his young grandson's 
life. Most of you who will read this never knew the man. Some 
of the older ones will remember him. 

He had a keen sense of the Lord's presence in his life and 
loved to sing and talk of His "loving kindness." 

The shadows of his life were lengthening in the summer of 
1944. On at least one occasion, he talked to me about nearing 
home and of his great desire to leave his worn out body and go 
to be with the Lord. It was hard for me to think that he would 
go and I would have to stay. When I asked him if I could go to 
heaven also, he was quick to reply that if I would love and serve 
the Lord, that I could also look forward to that happy event. 

He died one night as he had lived: peaceful, patient, and 
kind. I was unaware the night of his home-going that the next 
morning his room would be empty just like a young boy's heart 
would be empty also. 

His greatest legacy was not in material goods or 
possessions, but rather that of a close walk with God and of a 
genuine love and respect for his fellowmen. The following 
account was given to me by my parents: Grandpa met up with 
a despondent man on the cliffs at Santa Cruz overlooking the 
ocean. As it was his nature, Grandpa struck up a conversation 
about the Lord. The man, who was apparently thinking of 
ending it all right there, declared that he did not believe that 
there was a God. At that point, Grandpa clasped his hand over 
the man's mouth and said, "Then where will you get your next 
breath? Don't you know that God gives us the air we breathe?" 


What a rich legacy he left behind! Most of us who knew 
him are now grandparents, and we may well ask ourselves, 
"Will we leave behind a legacy to challenge and inspire future 
generations? Will they also have a keen sense of God's 
presence in their lives? Hebrews 11:4b "and by it (faith) he 
being dead yet speaketh." 

—David Skiles 
Cuba, New Mexico 


The above headline to an advertisement caught my 
attention. The closing of an old year certainly reminds us of the 
truth that time is running out. Each passing year is "one less of 
life for me." Each passing year is one year closer the return of 
our Lord. What should be our response to fleeting time? 

The advertisement tells us to hurry. That is the watchword 
of modern society. Rush here; catch the plane there; quickly 
close the deal before the other party changes his mind; grab the 
market while it is high. Act by a certain date; "it is your last 
chance." As the advertisement further warned, "Don't miss 
your chance! The time is now!" Such a hurry, hurry life is 
consistent with the get-ahead, go-for-it mentality. If the object 
is to get rich and make a name for yourself, then you will want 
to hurry because time is running out! 

Aspirin sales, antacid remedies, and the psychiatrist couch 
tell the other side of the story. God did not make our minds 
and bodies to be driven relentlessly from pillar to post. We 
were not created to pursue earthly goals for which time is so 
limited. God does not intend for us to fret and fume about how 
we will provide for our physical needs. 

A person who is seeking first the kingdom of God and His 
righteousness has learned the discipline of the injunction: "Be 
still and know that I am God." He has time to quiet his soul in 


prayer. He takes time for worship with his family and the 
church. He is not too busy to witness for his Lord. 
"Not a surge of worry, 
Not a shade of care, 
Not a blast of hurry 
Touch the spirit there." 
He follows the example of Mary who sat at the feet of Jesus and 
was commended for her wise use of time. By choice he turns 
from the encumbering care of much material serving. 

When the grain is ready to cut, or the hay is in prime shape 
to bale, how is a farmer to respond to a threatening rain storm? 
May I commend to you my father's answer to his anxious son's 
questioning in such circumstances: "I'm going to let it rain." If 
God, who gave the crop, chooses to take it in its prime, why 
should we worry and complain? "The Lord gave, and the Lord 
hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." 

We may even be tempted to try to hurry our work for the 
Lord. Paul was busy in his calling to preach to the Gentiles. 
He allowed himself a full schedule fleeing from one city to the 
next, establishing churches and confirming the saints. He was 
important to the work of the church; his time was valuable. 
And then he was caught in the legal web to be detained two 
years in prison under Felix. This was followed by another two 
years awaiting trial in Rome. He might have taken the attitude 
that he had too much work to do to waste his precious time in 
prison. Instead he saw that what was happening to him had 
"fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel." He was 
where God wanted him to be so that even legal detention did 
not disturb his peace. 

Ah, there is the secret of peace: Be where God wants you 
to be, and you can face the interruptions with tranquility. But 
what if you are not where God wants you to be? What if there 
is an unconfessed sin? What if there are unresolved, bitter 
feelings? What if there is a severed relation with the church? 



What if you are not saved? Then the title of the advertisement 
is very pertinent: "Hurry! Time is running out!" " Behold, 
now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." 
(II Cor. 6:2) "Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your 
hearts." (Heb. 3:7,8) 

We have no promise of tomorrow. A tree may fall on us; 
our vehicle may crash into a truck; or our heart may fail. 
(Persons in our community died from each of these causes in 
1997.) That is no cause for hurry to those who are at peace 
with God. But for those who are unprepared, "Hurry! Time is 
running out!" 

—Lester E. Sho waiter 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 


I spoke a word, 

And no one heard; 

I wrote a word, 

And no one cared 

Or seemed to heed; 

But after half a score of years 

It blossomed in a fragrant deed. 

Preachers and teachers all are we, 

Sowers of seed unconsciously. 

Our hearers are beyond our ken; 

Yet all we give may come again 

With usury of joy or pain. 

We never know 

To what one little word may grow. 

See to it, then, that all your seeds 

Be such as bring forth noble deeds. 

—Selected by Norman Cable 



If in our hearts God does not rule, 
Then we'll be used as Satan's tool. 
In this we can not neutral be; 
One of the two we serve, you see. 

The evidence we can discern; 
If in our heart vile lust does burn, 
If evil works do have their way, 
Then Satan there is holding sway. 

Not only this, do we pretend 
To walk with God, when we intend 
To serve ourselves instead of Him, 
Within our hearts to harbor sin? 

We need to search and see in truth, 
What attitudes and just what fruit 
Are showing forth to those around. 
The spirit fruits, should there abound. 

If we in truth will do our part, 
The Spirit will to us impart 
True wisdom and discernment too; 
And guidance that will see us through. 

His people we can then discern; 
With love to them our hearts will burn. 
Communion sweet will then be real; 
God's peace within we'll always feel. 

—James Beery 



No one understands; 
No heart can comprehend 
The depth of my devotion, 
A love that sees no end. 

With all the strength I'm given 

I seek to do Your will. 

I search to know Your mind and heart, 

My thirsting soul to fill. 

Your child I am; I know this well, 
But I desire something more. 
To give You back the purest heart, 
The love You made us for. 

"No one's perfect," so I'm told. 
"God knows; He understands." 
I won't accept or rest in that 
When failing Your commands. 

Oh God, just to have heaven 
Is not enough for me. 
I want to be Your truest friend. 
To please You thoroughly. 

I care not if the others know; 

I ask not reward or fame. 

But before Your eyes, for all it means, 

To live in Jesus' name. 

Father, when You search the earth 
For one who stood for You, 
My deepest hope, my sole desire's 
That I'm found wholly true. 

-Gail J. Storkel 
Edwardsburg, Michigan 



Psalm 139:23 

Do you speak of the faults of others unnecessarily? 

Can you rejoice to see another succeed when you have 

In every heart there is a supreme place, a sort of throne. 
Who sits in yours? An idol, self, or God? 

Can you pretend to love Christ without exerting yourself for 
the spiritual welfare of those for whom He died? 

Do you give hard judgment on sins to which you have never 
been tempted, while you are full of excuses for your own? 

Do you impute the lower motive in any case of ambiguous 
conduct, instead of "hoping all things" as love demands? 

Can you recollect SIX times in your life that you have 
denied yourself to the extent of real inconvenience from love to 

Do you try to find out subjects of sympathy, instead of 
dwelling on and aggravating points on which you differ from 
those around you? 

Can you be said really to believe in God when the presence 
of a human being is a greater restraint upon your actions than 
the fact of His all-seeing eye? 

Have you thought how much greater is the shame you feel 
when a sin is discovered than when it is hidden from the 
knowledge of others, although God saw it all the time? 

Do you get real pleasure from your prayers, reading, and 
meditating upon holy things? Or do you go through them to 
satisfy the demands of conscience, and are secretly glad when 
they are over? —Selected 

12 T HE P I LG R IM 


Look back, but not too long. Look back in order that the 
backward look may inflame your heart with thankfulness. 

Look back, but without regret. Your treasures of the past 
will be transferred through the present to the future, and you 
will find them there. The losses and mistakes of the past may be 
buried in a grave of penitential faith in the pardoning mercy of 
God in Christ. Close the door on the past. When you have shut 
the door-leave the door shut. 

Face forward! Your feet were made for the path of light, 
What if you have had to pass through the shadows-you came 
through, did you not? Move on! Face forward! There will be 
strength for your burdens, provision for your needs, enabling 
for your task, and the great Comrade along your way. 

Face forward! Remember, no hill is so steep in climbing as 
it seems in approaching; no burden is so heavy in bearing as it 
seems while lifting; no danger is so great in meeting as it seems 
while fearing; no way is so long as it seems when starting. 

Face forward, and move on! Home lies that way, and the 
reward of life's labors. Face forward! It is Christ who bids you 
move on with Him. 

Matthew 28:20 gives us the blessed promise: "Lo, I am 
with you alway, even unto the end of the world." 

-J.CMassee, Selected from The Sunday School Herald 

BEERY- A son, Michael Aaron, born January 6 to Daniel 
and Miriam Beery of Goshen, Indiana. 

JOHNSON- A son, Addison Royal, born January 3, 1997, 
and came to the family of Ken and Karen Johnson on January 
27, 1998. 



When man fell into the power of sin, God had a plan to 
rescue him from this bondage. At the onset of Satan's scheme 
God began to reveal what He would accomplish some day — 
that the seed of the woman would overcome and destroy Satan 
and all his servants. 

In time this plan was revealed to the prophets, although they 
were unable to clearly understand all its significance. It was 
revealed that this was God's plan for them and that this 
prophetic message was to bless and assure those that would see 
the reality of this promise. 

Fulfilled prophecy carries a proof and validity ,that is 
irrefutable. When humanity recognized Jesus as the promised 
Messiah that the prophets revealed, it created a sensation and 
motivation for them to go everywhere proclaiming this 
wonderful news. 

It was soon evident that all creation was subject to Him, 
including Satan. The laws of nature, life, and death were in His 
control. In His presence demons became powerless, storms had 
to cease, the eyes of the blind were opened, the dead were 
raised to life, and much more. 

All this power and authority displayed was not in itself the 
puipose of His coming. This was only to prove to man His 
authority and power to forgive sins and to cleanse us from all 

Jesus has now completed the plan of salvation. The mystery 
that was concealed from the prophets is now known. But 
salvation is not complete in man until we respond to His request 
that He may dwell within us. 

This is now the mystery that has been hid from generations, 
but now is made manifest to His saints "which is Christ in you, 
the hope of glory." (Col. 1:27) 

—Kenneth Martin 



Many say they are Christians— followers of Yours. 

You gave Your life for all. 

Some give their scorn. 

Can those who truly love You care so little for those You 
loved enough to die for? 

"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love," (I 
John 4:8) 

You gave a Bible full of commandments and guidelines. 

Some give a shrug and say, "Just believe." 

Can those who are Your true servants and truly believe in 
You care so little about Your Word? 

"He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his 
commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him, (I John 2:4) 

"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." (Matt. 7:20) 

—Martha Wagner 


If you saw a man standing by the shore flinging gold coins 
and diamonds into the sea, you would say he was insane. Yet 
many people continually do something very like this, Not gold 
and precious stones do they thus throw away, but minutes, 
hours, days, weeks, and years of time— possessions which are of 
greater worth than any coins and gems of earth. —Anonymous 


Kenneth Martin 68340 C.R 1 1 

Andrew Martin 68342 C.R. 1 1 

Nappanee, IN 46550 


Mama was sad. She knew Elaine had helped herself to 
some Kool Aid drink mix again, although she'd been told not to. 
Elaine, however, was denying it. How did Mama know? Let's 
find out. 

"Come with me." Mama said, leading her to the pantry. 
There on a shelf, just the right height for Elaine to reach, was 
the Kool Aid drink mix can. Yes, the lid was on, but ..."What 
are all the ants around the can for?" Elaine asked, her eyes 
opening wide. 

Mama explained that the ants had found some of the sweet 
powder on the shelf and on the side of the can. Opening the 
can, she showed Elaine the ants inside, too. The lid hadn't been 
on quite tight. "Now, Elaine, are you ready to admit to taking 

Hanging her head, Elaine nodded. 

You'll have to wait until Daddy comes home to take care of 
you, Elaine. You know God wants us to be truthful, and Daddy 
and Mama must teach their children to always tell the truth. 

After supper, Daddy took Elaine into the living room. He 
talked to her about the seriousness of lying. "This makes an 
ugly black spot on your heart, Elaine." 

At this, Elaine had a thought, "I'll try extra hard to get 
another jewel on my heart tonight, Daddy. That'll cover up the 
ugly black spot!" 

"No, I'm afraid it doesn't work like that," Daddy told her. 
How would that pink sweater look with a black spot underneath 
one of the shiny things? Would it be pretty?" 

Elaine slowly shook her head, picturing an ugly black grease 
spot on that soft pink sweater. 

"That black spot on your heart must be completely removed 
before you put a jewel there, or it will always be ugly. God has 
made a way for parents to clean black spots from children's 
hearts, so I will have to clean your heart now. It will hurt while 
I am doing it, but afterwards, you'll feel all clean and happy 
again. " 

Children, do you know the way parents can clean black 
spots from your hearts? Have someone read Proverbs 23:13-14 
to help you find out. 

—Linda Frick 

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VOL. 45 MARCH. 1998 No. 3 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. " I Peter 2: 1 1 __^ 


I look to Thee in every need 

And never look in vain; 

I feel Thy strong and tender love, 

And all is well again: 

The thought of Thee is mightier far 

Than sin and pain and sorrow are. 

Discouraged in the work of life, 

Disheartened by its load, 

Shamed by its failures or its fears, 

I sink beside the road; 

But let me only think of Thee, 

And then new heart springs up in me. 

Thy calmness bends serene above 

My restlessness to still; 

Around me flows Thy quickening life, 

To nerve my faltering will; 

Thy presence fills my solitude; 

Thy providence turns all to good. 

Embosomed deep in Thy dear love, 

Held in Thy law, I stand; 

Thy hand in all things I behold, 

And all things in Thy hand; 

Thou leadest me by unsought ways, 

And turn'st my mourning into praise. 
—Samuel Longfellow 
From The Disciplines of Life 

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I'm thinking of valleys— not valleys between mountains, but 
valleys or low places in life that we pass through. Sometimes 
we climb to mountain tops when everything pleases, and we are 
encouraged and close to our Maker and Redeemer. Other times 
we walk through troubles that bring us down to discouragement 
and depression. The problem is not to completely eliminate 
these experiences, because we cannot avoid them all, and 
besides that, they can be beneficial. The challenge is to come 
through wiser and better than we were before. 

What are some of these valleys? One might be sickness. 
Disappointment, too, often brings us low. Discouragement is 
another and might be caused by unfair criticism, failures of any 
kind, or even a realization of our weaknesses or sins. Sorrow in 
the loss of a loved one also is a valley nearly everyone must 

Going into a valley, we must believe that God is in control 
and that He does not delight to see us suffer. We must 
somehow believe that He has a purpose, and it is for our good if 
we are His children. That verse Paul wrote can be a motto for 
the one in a valley: "And we know that all things work together 
for good to them that love God, to them who are the called 
according to his purpose." 

Since we know that God has a purpose in bringing us low, 
what might that purpose be? Perhaps the highest purpose is to 
glorify Him. God is the God of the valleys. Even wicked King 
Ahab gained victory when the Syrians claimed, "The Lord is 
God of the hills, but he is not the God of the valleys." The 
prophet made it plain that the purpose of victory in the valleys 
was not Ahab's might or goodness but that "ye shall know that I 
am the Lord." (I Kings 20) The setting was different, but the 


truth is the same: God is the God of our valleys. We can gain 
victory to glorify Him. 

There are blessings to us in the valleys. We can draw nearer 
to God as we are vividly reminded of our own weakness. We 
once visited a lady who had been almost completely paralyzed 
by polio. She could not move a finger. She could not even 
breathe without help but lay day and night on a rocking bed that 
tipped her forward and backward to allow the weight of her 
internal organs to push air in and out of her lungs. She was 
cheerful through it all but completely dependent on those who 
cared for her. When we know how weak we are, we appreciate 
more the care God gives us down to every breath we take. 

As we pass through trials, we become more able to help 
others in the same trials. There is a saying attributed to the 
Indians: "We should not judge another until we have walked a 
day in his moccasins." To have similar experiences may not 
always qualify us to judge, but it should make us more 
sympathetic and more able to give wise counsel. 

Some of our valleys may even be used as lessons to others. 
For instance, a long illness of a grandparent may be a test of 
how we are willing to minister to that person. In my 
grandfather's final years, he was lovingly cared for by his 
children. He went from one home to another, and even we 
children received blessing when he was in our home. (Brother 
David Skiles wrote of this grandfather in our last issue.) We 
learned of his devotion. I was wonderfully impressed one 
morning when I carried his breakfast tray into his bedroom and 
found him praying. He did not stop just because I had his food. 
He had other "bread" to eat! 

Punishment can also be a reason that we cross low places in 
life. God is just, and He does not put on us more than we can 
bear. Jacob testified, "I am not worthy of the least of thy 
mercies." (Gen. 32:10) We know that we could not live 
through a just punishment for our sins. Jesus died to save us 


from this death. But sin has consequences in this life that God 
does not always remove. Sometimes our sins can be 
detrimental to others: discouraging to those looking on and 
even bringing reproach on God's people. King David's son was 
not spared even though his sin was forgiven. Nathan told him, 
"Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion 
to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is 
born unto thee shall surely die." 

Coming through a valley we draw nearer to God; we sense 
His power and working, and we can honestly testify of His 
great mercy. Fanny Crosby wrote: 

All the way my Savior leads me: 

What have I to ask beside? 

Can I doubt His tender mercy, 

Who through life has been my guide? 

Heavenly peace, divinest comfort, 

Here by faith in Him to dwell! 

For I know, whate'er befall me, 

Jesus doeth all things well. 
There is another side or another reaction we can have to our 
troubles. We can become bitter; we can even blame God. We 
can complain, and when we do, we are actually saying that God 
doesn't know what He is doing. Instead of complaining we 
shouljl actually praise Him and give thanks. Why? We know 
He has a purpose and a blessing in it for us even though we may 
not see it at the time. He stands higher; He sees farther than we 
see. Paul wrote: "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will 
of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 

David mourned for nearly a year because of his sin. It is 
right to mourn and be sorry for our sins. But mourning is not 
despair; it is not blaming God. Hebrews 12:5b, 6: "My son, 
despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when 
thou art rebuked of him; For whom the Lord loveth he 
chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." 


One final point is that we need to understand the valleys. 
God has not promised the reward here. In studying Job's trials 
we see that Satan has limits set by God. He cannot pass these 
limits. If we understand His purposes and His perfect control, 
we can have peace and patience. In Psalm 73, Asaph complains 
about the prosperity of the wicked. He was "envious at the 
foolish." He said his "steps had well nigh slipped." He felt that 
he had "cleansed his heart in vain." It was painful for him "Until 
I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end." 
He rejoiced at the understanding and called himself foolish and 
ignorant. His testimony can bless us today: "Thou shalt guide 
me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory." He 
concludes, "But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have 
put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works." 

God promises to be with us even "through the valley of the 
shadow of death." Jesus says "I will never leave thee not 
forsake thee." The President has a bodyguard to protect him as 
much as possible. We have the best protection there is: the 
presence and power of God. In the words of Isaac Watts, 
"What real harm can reach my soul Beneath my Father's eye?" 


"Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." These 
words were spoken by Jesus after some told Him of the 
Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 
Except ye repent: what does it mean? Repent means, "to feel 
pain or sorrow on account of something done or left undone; 
change from past evil." To just be sorry for our sins, without 
changing our course of action, is the sorrow of the world which 
worketh death. True repentance brings about a change of life. 
"Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be 


repented of" Praise God for those who "... sorrowed after a 
godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what 
clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, 
yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! 
In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this 
matter." (II Cor. 7:10,1 1) Repentance is spoken of in Heb. 6:1 
as being the foundation of the salvation process. Psm. 11:3: "If 
the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" The 
unchanging, everlasting, almighty God is holy; no sin can dwell 
in His presence. Rev. 21:8: "But the fearful, and unbelieving, 
and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and 
sorcerers, and idolators, and all liars, shall have their part in the 
lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second 
death." All have sinned and come short, far short, of God's 
glory. If only we could more fully realize this. Job said, "I have 
heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth 
thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." 
(42:5,6) This shows how even the best men see themselves 
after they have seen the Lord in all His glory. Only those who 
truly repent can be saved. But I thought salvation was free!? 
Salvation is freely given to those who repent of all their sins. 
"The goodness of God leads us to repentance." Acts 3:19: 
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be 
blotted out. . ." How can we truly repent? Jesus must give it to 
you. Acts 5:31: "(Jesus) hath God exalted with his right hand 
to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, 
and forgiveness of sins. " In Acts 1 1 : 1 8 it speaks of the Gentiles 
being "granted repentance unto life." II Pet. 3:9 says the Lord 
is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come 
to repentance." But I've been baptized and joined a church. 
What do you mean repent? Jesus is the door of the church. 
Only those who come to Him and are broken and repent of all 
their sins and look to Him and trust Him for salvation and 
endure unto the end will be 


saved. Salvation cannot be gotten passively; it comes by 
sorrowing over our sins and turning from them to God. I Cor. 
15:2: "By which also (the gospel) ye are saved, if ye keep in 
memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in 
vain. It's interesting to notice Jesus' words to the seven 
churches in Rev. 2 and 3. These words were spoken not long 
after the church was started. To four of the seven He tells them 
to repent. What about in our day? We live in a sad time. Mai. 
3:14,15: "Ye have said, It is vain to serve God; and what profit 
is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked 
mournfully before the Lord of hosts? And now we call the 
proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, 
they that tempt God are even delivered." There's another 
gospel today that in essence says, Jesus came to save us in our 
sins, and give us a free ticket to heaven regardless of how we 
live. This comes from a misunderstanding of what salvation 
really is. Matt. 1:21 says, Jesus shall save His people from 
their sins. O what a blessed gospel! O what a great God we 
serve! The Holy Ghost, who is the believers' guarantee of their 
inheritance in the beloved, is only given to those who obey God. 
II Chron. 7:14: "If my people, which are called by my name, 
shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn 
from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will 
forgive their sin, and will heal their land." Repentance is the 
blessing of God's grace freely given to those who seek with all 
their hearts. 

—Kevin Garber 
Twain Harte, California 

ADDRESS CHANGE: Ronald and Faythe Cable 

P.O. Box 507 
307 South Clinton St. 
West Lebanon, IN 47991 
(765) 893-4297 



Just do your thing, we hear today; 
Whate'er you'd like to do. 
It's right for you to have your way, 
Your pleasure to fulfill. 

They'd have us think no wrongs exist- 
That feelings count for all. 
There is no sin we must resist, 
That could cause us to fall. 

To live this way, they say, you're free, 
And happiness you'll reach. 
But if we look around, we see 
The lie in what they teach. 

If we observe the lives of those 
Who live the way they say, 
We'll soon discern, they are not close 
To reaching peace this way. 

The more they live their selfish way, 
The more their misery grows; 
The reason why, God's Word does say, 
Mankind his bondage chose. 

As long as we think we deserve 
Our way, we can't be free. 
There are great truths we must observe, 
If we would happy be. 

If these we live, we will be blest, 
Our joy will never cease. 
Outside these truths we'll find no rest; 
In Christ alone is peace. 

-James Beery 



Others may not notice your efforts or give you recognition 
for something you've done. The credit may go to someone 
else. — Do it anyway, as unto Me, for I am pleased by your 
service and will honor your obedience. 

There may be times when a job you have done will be 
rejected. Something you have prepared may be delayed or 
canceled. — Do it anyway, as unto Me, for I see all things and 
will bless the work of your hands. 

You may do your best but have your labors fail. You may 
sacrifice time and money to help someone and receive no words 
of appreciation, — Do it anyway, as unto Me, for I am your 
reward and will repay you. 

There may be times when you go out of your way to include 
others and later have them ignore you. You may be loyal on 
your job and still have someone promoted ahead of you, — Do 
it anyway, as unto Me, for I know your heart and will comfort 

You may speak the truth but be considered wrong by 
others. You may do something with good intentions and be 
completely misunderstood, — Do it anyway, as unto Me, for I 
understand and will not disappoint you. 

There may be times when keeping your word means giving 
up something you would like to do. There may be times when a 
commitment will mean sacrificing a personal pleasure, — Do it 
anyway, as unto Me, for I am your friend and will bless you 
with My presence. —Roy Lessin 

Selected by Philip and Annette Royer 


GOD'S PEACE (Proverbs 19:23) 

The best satisfied person in the world is not the millionaire, 
not the brightest scholar, not the one highest in authority, not 
the big business king; no, not these at all, but the humble, really 
born-again child of God. Money is no match for the "peace of 
God, which passeth all understanding." Education cannot cope 
with "the fear of the Lord (which) is the beginning of wisdom." 
Power and authority in this world fade into insignificance when 
compared with the peace of God. The humble saint has a peace 
the world cannot give, nor can it take away. Our text says, 
"He that hath it (the fear of the Lord) shall abide satisfied; he 
shall not be visited with evil" Our God knows His saints, and 
He knows how to take care of them. Pro v. 3:24 says, "When 
thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie 
down, and thy sleep shall be sweet." Psalm 127:2: "He giveth 
his beloved sleep." God's children don't need "sleeping pills" to 
make them sleep. God takes care of that. Praise His precious 
name! —Selected 

Happy the youth who loves the truth 
And lives for Jesus every day; 
Who loves the Lord and trusts His Word 
While walking on the narrow way. 

Whose heart is strong, who hates the wrong, 
And daily bears his cross of care; 
Who loves the right, walks in the light, 
And daily looks to God in prayer. 

Who looks above, where all is love, 
Whose life is faithful all the way, 
There at the gate the Angels wait, 
To bear him to eternal day. —J. I. Cover 



We, the members of the Eastern District of the Old Brethren 
have appointed April 4 and 5, the Lord willing, for our spring 
Lovefeast at our meeting house near Bradford, Ohio. We invite 
all to come and worship with us at this meeting. 


The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will be 
held this year, the Lord willing, on May 29, 30, and 31, at the 
meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana. Friday will be council 
day; Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost) will be for public 
preaching; and Saturday evening will be for the Communion 
service. A hearty invitation is extended to all of our brethren, 
sisters, and friends to attend. 

— Melvin Coning 


We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in California, 
have agreed to hold our Spring Lovefeast, the Lord willing, at 
Salida on April 20 and 21. We sincerely welcome all to come 
and be with us at this time of communion and revival. 

—Joseph L. Cover 


ROYER — A son, Elias James, born February 21, to Joe and 
Elizabeth Royer of Mishawaka, Indiana. 

ROYER — A son, Laban Thomas, born March 12, to Thomas 
and Rebecca Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 



As Jesus was revealing Himself to the world in miraculous 
ways with signs and with power that was never seen or heard of 
before, He was received with such enthusiasm by the people 
that everywhere He went He had to manage the multitudes. If 
Jesus had had political aspirations, His opponents would not 
have had a chance. 

When Jesus conveyed His mission and purpose for coming 
to earth, it was very difficult for man to receive and understand 
it. The constant questioning by the people was tiring to Him. 

In the height of His popularity, He made a statement that 
was His downfall according to man's standards. He knew this 
would happen before He made it, but it had to be made because 
in it lies the total concept of salvation; it is not until we eat His 
flesh and drink His blood can we have eternal life. (John 6:53) 
Many of His disciples left Him at this point. Even those closest 
to Him declared they would not forsake Him, but they were not 
able to stand when the test came. 

The time finally came for Christ to give His final message to 
the human heart. In loneliness and rejection, He submitted His 
physical being into the hands of Satan and suffered the 

This is now the seal of our salvation. His obedience to 
suffering and death was the most noble act that could have been 
performed before a lost and dying world. This is now 
acknowledging and accepting the statement God made before 
the fall—that in disobedience man will surely die. Only the heart 
and mind that has conceived what love and sacrifice this 
involved can be blessed, knowing that Jesus could have refused 
to allow it; but because of His love for a lost and dying world, 
He submitted to it willingly. He knew there was no other way 
man could be saved. 


In the beginning God told man if they disobeyed they would 
surely die. Satan told them otherwise. The evidence is that 
Satan deceived many. Now Satan in his rage blames God for 
the problem, Man is held in this bondage outside of Christ. 

For man to be delivered from bondage of sin and death we 
must eat His flesh and drink His blood, which means we walk as 
He walked in this world. We accept suffering and death as 
justice, which brings peace and blessing that cannot be had 
outside of knowing Christ. To eat His flesh and drink His blood 
is not merely chewing and swallowing, but experiencing 
rejection and alienation from this world and its values, and 
being able to love as He loved, to suffer as He suffered, to turn 
the other cheek, to go the second mile, to pray for those that 
despitefully use us and persecute us, and, as much as lies within 
us, to live at peace with all men. 

To perform and walk as He walked in itself is not salvation. 
The purpose of this walk is to bring honor and glory to the 
salvation which He brought. The apostle Paul stated that he 
could do all things through Christ who strengthened him. There 
would be no salvation had Jesus not walked on this earth. 
Therefore to walk as He walked is declaring and exalting Christ 
and the salvation He brought in deed and truth. 

To walk as He walked, if not done in His honor, will profit 
us nothing. (I Cor. 13) 

—Kenneth Martin 

Whereunto we have attained, let us hold fast. But this can 
only be by pressing on. Otherwise, we must go back. You 
have need of courage and steady resolution; for you have a 
thousand enemies: the flattering, frowning world; the rulers of 
the darkness of this world; and the grand enemy within. What 
need have you to put on the whole armor of God, that you may 
be able to withstand in the evil day! -John Wesley 




The very cross where Jesus died: 

"It should have been me," said I, 

But Christ took my place 

That I could have God's grace. 

Aching, suffering had Christ 

To save me from eternal death, 

No more spiritual pain to feel 

When in the Savior's arms I rest, 

After He bought me and freed me 

Long ago on that tree, 

To die and one day be 

My Savior and my Lord 

Who bore everything for me, 

So I would always be 

Instead of hanging on a tree, 

A faithful, diligent servant 

For the Lamb who shed His blood 

To cleanse and wash me like a flood. 

It's the worst death He could pay, 

So that I may be saved some day 

To always and happily obey 

My Savior and my Lamb, 

My Lord and my Redeemer. 

—Jennifer Brandt 
Union City, Ohio 

As we grow older and wiser, we talk less and say more. 



Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Do you love Me?" 

Simon answered, "Yes, Lord, I love You." 

Jesus said, "Feed My lambs." 

Later Jesus asked the same question. Simon Peter 
answered, "Lord, You know all things. You know I love You." 

Jesus answered, "Feed My sheep." 

Jesus told Simon Peter to feed both little children and big 
people. When we think of feeding someone, we think of food. 
We need to feed babies and old people. Jesus was talking about 
a different kind of feeding. 

Jesus tells us that what we have here on earth is only given 
to us to use for a while. If my brother wants to borrow 
something I have, we should gladly let him have it. When 
everyone shares with each other, we have no needs. We are 
happy and satisfied. In a real way we are feeding each other. 

Here is a little make-believe story that will help us 
understand how we can make others content: 

A man was talking to the Lord one day about Heaven and 
Hell. The Lord said, "Come, I will show you Hell." They 
walked into a room, and in the center was a big pot of stew. 
Everyone there was hungry, desperate, and starving. Each 
person had a spoon. The handle was longer than their arms. 
Therefore they couldn't get the spoon in their mouths. The 
suffering was terrible. 

The next room was Heaven. Everything was the same. A 
pot of stew was in the center of the room. Each person had a 
long-handled spoon. Instead of suffering and starving, 
everyone was satisfied and happy. 

The man said, "I don't understand. This room is the same, 
only everyone is happy," 

The Lord said, "Here they have learned to feed each other." 
If we want to experience Heaven here on earth, we must 
"feed" each other. We must share and help each other. If you 
try to make others happy, then you will be happy yourself 

—Everett Oyler 

The humble in spirit enjoy continual peace, but in the heart 
of the proud is envy, and frequent indignation. —Selected 

We are sorry that this issue is so late. Our copier failed and 
we needed to replace it before printing this month. — L.C. 

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VOL. 45 APRIL , 1998 No^ 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2:11 


It was alone the Savior prayed 
In dark Gethsemane; 
Alone He drained the bitter cup 
And suffered there for me. 

It was alone the Savior stood 
In Pilate's judgment hall; 
Alone the crown of thorns He wore, 
Forsaken thus by all 

Alone upon the cross He hung 
That others He might save; 
Forsaken then by God and man, 
Alone His life He gave. 

Can you reject such matchless love? 
Can you His claim disown? 
Come, give your all in gratitude, 
Nor leave Him thus alone. 

Alone, alone, He bore it all alone; 
He gave Himself to save His own, 
He suffered, bled, and died alone, alone. 
—Ben H. Price 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Spring is resurrection time. Tiny brown, "dead" seeds are 
sprouting to life and color. Flowers are appearing from 
dormant roots and bulbs. Trees blossom forth with promise of 
sweet fruit. But this "resurrection" is still only natural and 
fragile. Flowers are easily crushed by a careless foot. Tree 
stems with buds can be broken off and the new life lost. But 
the resurrection that these picture to us is powerful beyond our 
wildest fancy. After His rising, Jesus said, "All power is given 
unto me in heaven and in earth." 

When Jesus rose, no power could prevent Him—not the 
Roman seal, nor the heavy stone, nor the armed guards. He 
said, "... I have power to lay it down (His life), and I have 
power to take it again ..." (John 10:18) Even unbelief (like 
Thomas's) could not limit His power here as it did in His 

Does this resurrection power also exist in the new life of 
believers? Standing before the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus said to 
Martha, "Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, 
thou shouldest see the glory of God?" Surely this same power 
is available and can only be limited by our unwillingness. 

For the extent of your lifetime, you have inhabited your 
body (an obvious fact). Has there ever been any basic change? 
Your body has grown, and you have learned many facts of life. 
Your experiences could fill volumes. But have you ever 
changed? Not really, if you have not been born again. But if 
you are in Christ, the words of Paul in II Cor. 5:17 apply to 
you: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: 
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 


I immediately begin to list the things that do not seem to be 
new in my life~my body, for instance. I have said publicly that 
we have the same body. But do we? Paul says all things are 
become new. Perhaps we need to speculate about what we 
would be like if we had not been converted. When God 
pronounces that we are new creatures in Christ, that's the way it 

Jesus said, "For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; 
neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every 
tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather 
figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes." (Luke 6:43,44) 
We are not part good tree and part corrupt. If we are not new 
creatures, there can be no good fruit. "Wherefore by their fruits 
ye shall know them." II Cor. 13:5 says, "Examine yourselves, 
whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not 
your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be 

Paul makes it plain in Romans 6 that before this resurrected 
life in Christ there must be death to sin. The old man must be 
crucified. Jesus said, "Except a corn of wheat fall into the 
ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth 
much fruit." 

''Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto 
sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." 
(Romans 6:11) Conversion or the new birth amounts to a 
resurrection here and now. 

What makes us sometimes doubt the renewing of our bodies 
is the fact that we are still subject to temptation. So Paul 
continues in Romans 6:12: "Let not sin therefore reign in your 
mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lust thereof." Though 
we can still be tempted, we now have the help of our Heavenly 
Father and the promise that the temptation will not be too great 
to bear. 


Jesus' resurrected body had special powers. He disappeared 
and reappeared, passed through closed doors, and looked 
different enough that His friends did not always recognize Him. 
So it is with a new creature in Christ. Our bodies are now 
devoted to a different cause. The words of our mouths and the 
meditations of our hearts are different. There are places our 
new feet will not take us, and there is new work for our hands. 
Our very appearance will change; we will be "as obedient 
children, not fashioning (ourselves) according to the former 
lusts in (our) ignorance." (I Peter 1:14) 

The change in us may not be so visibly dramatic as the 
changing of a dry seed to a moist, green, growing stalk of 
wheat. But the change in character is even greater. Jesus told 
Nicodemus, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that 
which is born of the Spirit is spirit." A new dimension is added. 
It is not like joining another club, or like making New Year's 
resolutions. This is new life from above. Because he was a 
new creature in Christ, Dirk Willems could turn and save his 
pursuer's life in the icy river, and as a result, be arrested and 
later be put to death for his faith by a slow fire. Thirteen-year- 
old Pelagius could refuse to give up his faith to become a 
special courtier to the Moorish king of Spain. He could endure 
being tortured with iron tongs and have his arms torn off and 
finally be cut in pieces. In Equador, five young Christian 
missionaries could risk and lose their lives trying to reach the 
Auca Indians with the Gospel. Our own Brethren ancestors 
could spend long lives in service to Christ and pass on the 
Gospel to us because they had the new, resurrected life of 
Jesus. And because you are a new creature, you can resist 
temptation and find repentance and forgiveness if you fail. 

I wonder how the Moorish king, having only a physical 
birth, would have endured the torture he gave Pelagius. How 
would Herod have taken being made a human torch to light his 
garden parties as he did to Christians, blaming them for his own 


burning of Rome? Unconverted men might, by sheer will 
power and stubbornness, grit their teeth and endure, but they 
wouldn't come through singing and encouraging one another to 
be true. They would not have reasoned, "A man is no fool to 
give what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. "--Elliot 
Those responses are reserved for the ones who have been 
changed into the image of Christ, 

Some glad day, those in Christ, living and dead, will 
experience another dramatic change. At Jesus' coming, the 
dead in Christ will rise from the graves with glorified bodies, 
and those living will also be changed to glory. We will be like 
Jesus "for we shall see him as he is." 

Changed and justified, 
Redeemed and sanctified, 
Men in Jesus Christ will never be the same. 
Filled with new leaven, 
On the pathway to Heaven, 
We overcome and win by the power of Jesus' name. 

Yield to the Savior, 

Love Him forever, 
Give your best to the tasks that lie ahead. 

Live in the Spirit, 

God's love inherit, 
Give out the Word to men in Jesus' stead. 

Someday in glory, 

We'll tell the story: 
Born anew into the family of God. 

Changed by His grace 

To look on His face, 
Resurrected to new life by Jesus' blood. -L.C. 



It seems to me, as I think about it, that often we as believers 
in Christ expect that those around us share and understand our 
Christian beliefs and language. For instance, who has not heard 
a statement like "people ought to get back to the Bible"? This 
kind of statement is broad at best and lacking to say the least. 
Why should that make sense to a non-believer? How could 
they even do such as that? Maybe we have forgotten, at least in 
a small part, that the power is in a living, resurrected Saviour. 
This was the power of our fathers, those whose memory the 
Church has and will hold dear! 

It seems that much of western Christendom has made so 
much of Christ's death that they border on serving a dead 
Christ. It is then that Christ becomes an idol. This is 
particularly evident as we study the struggles between our 
"Anabaptist" Brethren and larger Christendom. They had 
power for holy living. Others, who made so much of Christ's 
death and blood procuring their forgiveness of sin, seemingly 
forgot that He rose to bring us to new life. But this is why the 
apostles could contrast so effectively the old Law and the new 

So Christ's death is only part of this gospel. And yes, a very 
precious part. A part that is remembered over the world by 
believers everywhere in the bread and wine of the Eucharist. 
But not only does His death cleanse us from our sins, His life 
empowers us to be free from sinning. Only then can the 
Sermon on the mount and its great teachings, such as 
nonresistance, be followed. Only then do the apostolic writings 
make sense. Only the whole gospel, the one that provides men 
with power to live godly, can lead to eternal life. (Heb. 12:14) 
It is a narrow way (Matt. 7: 14) that few want, but it is the way 
of freedom and forgiveness. The way of reality. 


It is one of the enemy's tools, we believe, to somehow get 
people to imagine that they can "believe" in Christ and just 
"trust" His blood for cleansing— and all is well. No! A 
thousand times no! We have heard the call to follow Christ 
(follow = believe), have been empowered by His Spirit sent 
from the Father, and now we act! We can live godly, 
transformed lives! (John 14:15) This is experiencing 
forgiveness through His blood. 

Life around us today confronts us with dreadful social ills. 
It is both appalling and heart rending. War between nations and 
races, divorce and remarriage, immorality, broken homes, and 
here in the "mighty" USA —violence on every side seemingly. 
What is the answer? Is there one? Yes! 

When individuals have radically broken from their old life in 
true repentance and faith, have died to self and buried their sins 
in baptism, been cleansed by Christ's blood and now vow to 
follow Him all their lives, they are new creatures. They are 
risen to new life. They are now one with Christ's Body— the 
holy church of God. They can now receive the Spirit. They 
now belong to a holy nation, a peculiar people, a new kingdom, 
a garden of flowers blooming unto God. These people reserved 
unto God (the Church) have been empowered to move forward 
with the message of peace to all nations and races, brotherly 
love and kindness, and the effecting of true forgiveness of sins 
through communal prayer and discipline. (Matt. 18; James 
5:16; I John 1:7) 

This moves us out of our own selfish world into all the world to 
share this unique gospel. This is one reason the early church, 
and other times through the centuries (such as early Anabaptists 
and Brethren) spread with great power! They had it because 
they served a living Christ. An Almighty God whose workings 
in the lives of mankind for generations and told for centuries, 
was reality to them. 


We often wonder why some who grow up among us, as 
well as those who come to us otherwise, sometimes fall away. 
No doubt this has been the story for centuries. The cost of 
discipleship is high and all-encompassing. But many times^we 
fear, some fail to realize what new life in Christ means. Sure we 
may wear "plain" clothes, or be "plain" in other ways, but when 
we can not forgive, when it separates us from the local body, or 
other things foreign to God's Word —either we have not 
realized truth of have forsaken it. Then we cannot see clearly. 
Alas! Many are they of whom the apostle writes "They went 
out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, 
they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went 
out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of 
us." (I John 2:19) Many are the false prophets of our day who 
preach a different gospel, one different from what the church 
has received for nearly 2,000 years. 

This is the time of year that Communion meetings are 
common among us, so in connection with this we would like to 
repeat an age-old parable. Just as each grain of wheat must be 
ground finely to make one loaf, and each grape give up its life 
to make one cup, even so must we be crushed in the mill of 
repentance and humility. We must give up our self-will to blend 
in with the whole. Only as each kernel and grape give up their 
own identity, does it produce any life-sustaining bread and 
wine. So it is with us. "For we being many are one bread, and 
one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread." (I Cor. 
10:17) Herein is a paradox: only through death, death to sin 
and self, can new life in Christ come. 

Beloved, we serve a living Christ! No, not the resurrection- 
-and certainly not death-but a living Christ who died and rose 
to bring us a life-changing gospel that leads to eternal life in 
God. He is our perfect example. May we follow in His 
footsteps with new life and power. May God's peace and joy be 

with each one in this joyous resurrection season. 

—Michael Harris 
( " The mother was standing" commemorating the sorrows of 
Mary at the cross.) 

At the cross her station keeping, 
Stood the mournful mother weeping; 
Where He hung, the dying Lord, 
For her soul of joy bereaved, 
Bowed with anguish, deeply grieved, 

Felt the sharp and piercing sword. 

O how sad and sore distressed 
Now was she, that mother blessed 
Of the sole begotten One. 
Deep the woe of her affliction, 
When she saw the crucifixion 

Of her ever-glorious Son. 

Who on Christ's dear mother gazing, 
Pierced by anguish so amazing, 
Born of woman, would not weep? 
Who, on Christ's dear mother thinking, 
Such a cup of sorrow drinking, 

Would not share her sorrows deep? 

For His people's sins chastised, 

She beheld her Son despised, 

Scourged, and crowned with thorns entwined; 

Saw Him then from judgment taken, 

And in death by all forsaken, 

Till His spirit He resigned. 

Jesus, may her deep devotion 
Stir in me the same emotion, 
Fount of love, Redeemer kind; 
That my heart fresh ardor gaining, 
And a purer love attaining. 

May with Thee acceptance find. Amen, 
--from the Latin, 13th century 
Sel. by Michael Harris 



In the years before he is twelve, a child has a unique 
capacity to memorize. Things committed to memory are deeply 
absorbed and retained. Often, years later, Bible verses learned 
as a child, can be recited unerringly. 

This is why it is so essential for our children to commit to 
memory now, as many verses as possible. They needn't 
understand it all. Understanding belongs to another age. Later 
they will need the spiritual ammunition immediately, right at 
hand, where it can be grasped and used as needed. 

Do we realize how we are crippling our children's 
tomorrows by omitting such memory work today? The early 
years are like the foundation on a house. If they are built solidly 
now, they can withstand anything later. Parents might well 
offer this prayer. 

"Lord help me to guard these early years of my children, to 
treat them with the respect that lies in their potential. May I 
value each stage of my child's development —treasure every 
year for Thee—give each one a real significance, so that nothing 
is wasted. In these early carbon copy years, give me wisdom 
and faithfulness, I pray, in Jesus Name. Amen." —Selected 


The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will be 
held this year, the Lord willing, on May 29, 30, and 3 1, at the 
meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana. Friday will be council 
day; Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost) will be for public 
preaching; and Saturday evening will be for the Communion 
service. A hearty invitation is extended to ail of our brethren, 
sisters, and friends to attend. — Melvin Coning 



Can you see Him hanging there; 
Upon the cruel tree? 
Hanging there, our sins to bear, 
That we might be made free. 

Can you hear Him gasp in pain? 
Each move an agony, 
Each breath, each groan, until slain; 
Was borne for those like me. 

Can you see the blood flow down 
From thorns upon His brow? 
That cruel, painful, thorny crown; 
Til death His head would bow. 

Can you hear Him, cry, "I thirst"? 

That pain racked cry of need, 

To those who watched, laughed, and cursed; 

And saw Him hurt and bleed. 

Can you see the bruises there, 
That sinners gave to Him? 
Can you see the lashes tear 
The flesh, the nerve, the skin? 

Can you hear Him cry "My God, 
Why have you gone from Me?" 
What anguish when Heavenly God 
Withdrew His power from Thee. 

Can you see His body hang; 
From nails in hands and feet? 


As life left and earthquake rang; 
The plan was now complete. 

Can you feel the heavenly love 
That brought the Saviour down 
From His heavenly courts above, 
To bear that cross and crown? 

Can you feel the endless debt, 
That we now owe to Him? 
Who bore pain without regret, 
For love of sinful men. 

Will you now give daily praise 
By living here for Him 
Who will come the dead to raise 
And purge away all sin? 

Away from Him, clouds will flee; 
All earthly things be done. 
Will you then be glad to see 
This powerful Saviour come? 
—James Beery 


Simon Stalter, Bethany Royer, and Joy Royer were baptized 
in the Indiana congregation, and Jessica Cover in the California 
congregation on March 15, 1998. May they be faithful in the 
Church of Jesus Christ. 




Jesus, in coming into the world to be a companion to the 
human race in their likeness, communicated a message to the 
heart of man that holds the preeminence of all God is and can 
be. There is no more that He could possibly do that would 
make man more accountable to life and where it is going. 

Jesus not only became a human being, but also accepted the 
consequences of the same, except His flesh didn't experience 
decay after death and rightly so: He didn't need a new body 
after His resurrection because it was sinless. Also it fulfilled 
prophecy. To acknowledge that Jesus came in the flesh is a 
requirement of salvation. I John 4:2: "Every spirit that 
confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God." 

A mother came to Jesus and asked a favor for her two sons. 
Jesus answered by saying they didn't know what they were 
asking for. Then He asked if they were able to drink of the cup 
He was going to drink and receive the baptism He was going to 
receive? They declared they were able. Jesus said unto them 
that they would indeed drink of the cup and receive His 
baptism, (to enter His kingdom) but what position they would 
have in it was not His to give. 

We believe Jesus was giving a vital lesson for all humanity - 
-the cost of citizenship in heaven. "Whosoever doth not bear 
my cross and come after me cannot be my disciple." The cross 
being a symbol of death, we are called to display this while we 
are physically alive. The apostle Paul calls this a living sacrifice. 
He also taught us how this can be accomplished. He says, 
"Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of 
Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I 
may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with 
one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; And in 


terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token 
of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For unto 
you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on 
him, but also to suffer for his sake." Phil. 1:27-29 

—Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


The very cross where Jesus died 

"It should have been me!" I cried. 
But Christ in pity took my place 
That I might have His saving grace. 
Aching, suffering, pain had Christ 
To save me from eternal death. 
No more spiritual pain to feel 
When in the Savior's arms I rest 
After He bought my sins for me, 
Long ago on Calvary's tree. 
He died for me to one day be 
My Savior and my Lord. 
He bore everything for me 
So that I might always be- 
Instead of hanging on a tree- 
A faithful, diligent servant free 
For Christ who shed His precious blood 
To cleanse and wash me like a flood. 
It was the worst death He could pay 
That I might be redeemed today, 
To always and happily obey 
My Savior and my sacrificial Lamb, 
My Lord and my Redeemer 
—Jennifer Brandt 
Union City, Ohio 



During prayers, and at the mention of God's Word, 
remember that God speaks with you, and be reverent and 

Always be obedient to your teacher, and do not cause him 
to remind you of the same thing many times. 

If you are punished for your naughtiness, do not express 
impatience in words or manner, but accept your punishment for 
your improvement. 

At school avoid scandalous talking, by which you make 
your teacher's work more difficult, annoy other pupils, and 
disturb the attention of yourself and others. 

Attend to all that is told, sit up straight, and look at your 

If you are to recite your lesson, open your book without 
noise, recite loudly, slowly, and distinctly, that every word and 
syllable may be understood. 

Attend more to yourself than to others unless you are 
appointed monitor. 

If you are not asked, keep quiet and do not prompt others. 
Let them speak and answer for themselves. 

Toward your fellows, act lovingly and peacefully; do not 
quarrel with them, hit them, dirty their clothes with your shoes 
nor give them nicknames. Act toward them always as you 
would have them act toward you. 

Keep your books clean inside and out; do not scribble or 
draw in them; do not lose or tear them. 

When school is out do not make a clatter. In going down 
stairs, do not jump two or three steps at a time, lest you hurt 
yourself Go quietly home. 

Never appear among people looking indecent or dirty. Cut 
your nails at the proper time, and keep your clothes, shoes, and 
stockings neat and clean. 

When you have made a promise, try to keep it, and beware 
of all lying and untruth. 

Whatever you see in other Christian people that is good and 
proper, let it serve you as a model. 

From A Hundred Rules of Conduct for Children 
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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2:11 


John 2: 18 

The sunset burns across the sky; 

Upon the air its warning cry. 

The curfew tolls, from tower to tower 

O children 'tis the last, last hour! 

The work that centuries might have done 

Must crowd the hour of setting sun; 

And through all lands the saving Name 

Ye must in fervent haste, proclaim. 

The fields are white to harvest, weep 
O tardy workers, as ye reap, 
For wasted hours that might have won 
Rich harvests ere the set of sun. 
We hear His footsteps on the way! 
O work, while it is called today, 
Constrained by love, endued with power, 
children, in this last, LAST HOUR! 

—Selected from 
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The coming of the Holy Spirit is called the birthday of the 
church. It is true that this event was the beginning of a new era 
for God's people. From this time, the church began to grow 
rapidly and to spread steadily throughout the world. But in 
another sense, this unique event was simply the continuation of 
God's plan. Pentecost needs to be measured by the events 
which preceded it. God has dealt faithfully with His people 
since the very beginning. The coming of the Savior, the 
resulting salvation and sanctification of the Spirit are the 
climaxing of His love for His creation over the centuries of 

In His Word, God uses natural events to penetrate our dull 
minds and teach us spiritual lessons. One such analogy is in the 
first chapters of Joel Joel writes of a plague of locusts and 
compares it to the judgments of God upon Israel for their 
repeated departures from His will. Joel foretells this time of 
judgment as preceding God's mercy in sending the Savior and 
His Holy Spirit. 

For a description of locusts and the destruction they cause, 
World Book Encyclopedia reports, "Locusts have been known 
since ancient times for their habit of destroying crops." They 
strike the very living of humans when they ruin food and 
destroy everything green as they go. Migrating swarms blank 
out the sun and travel hundreds of miles. Swarms have been 
tracked from Saskatchewan to Texas and have been found over 
the sea 1200 miles from any land. "In 1881, more than 1,300 
tons of eggs were destroyed on the island of Cyprus. But the 
next year there seemed to be as many as ever." Only extremely 
cold areas are never visited by these grasshopper insects. Joel 


tells of the total destruction of living vegetation: "The land is as 
the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate 
wilderness." (Joel 2:3b) What a fitting picture of God's 
judgment on sinful man! 

Joel calls men to receive the lessons these plagues bring, 
and truly turn to God who controls the pests. He promises to 
Israel a time of restoration after the punishment is complete. 

Viewing Israel's history, we see the judgments and 
deliverance happening again and again. The period covered by 
the book of Judges is a good example. The overall picture, 
however, speaks of one great deliverance (and one Deliverer) 
which would be lasting—permanent—for all time. Jesus would 
come to deliver not only Israel's remnant, but all who would 
become the new Israel through the power of the Holy Spirit. 
Joel prophesied of this outpouring of the Spirit and the gracious 
offer of mercy following: "And it shall come to pass, that 
whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: 
for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the 
Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call" 

These earth-shaking events happened to the body of God's 
people. But something like it must occur in the lives of each 
one whom God receives as a child. The parable of the prodigal 
son is one that teaches us this development: 

The unnamed boy rebelled against the loving provision of 
his father. He took his inheritance and wasted it in sin and 
"riotous living." Then the "locusts" descended upon him. He 
began to be in want; his friends left him; he became hungry and 
there was no food. What a parallel to the desolation left by the 
locusts described by Joel! What a truth not only to the chosen 
nation of Israel, but to each of us as we realized the 
consequences of sin and resistance to our Creator! The 
gracious acceptance back by the father of the lost son pictures 
the forgiveness through the atonement of Jesus and the 
bestowing of the Holy Spirit. "Bring forth the best robe, and 


put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 
And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and 
be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was 
lost, and is found." I am not sure which is pictured more 
accurately, Israel or me! 

The giving by God of His Holy Spirit to His church and to 
each of His children is the sequel and crowning glory of His 
giving His Son on Calvary's cross for salvation and raising Him 
for our hope of eternal life. 

After Pentecost the church had power. They were united 
and of one mind. When they prayed for boldness to speak His 
word, in spite of the opposition, God answered with support. 
"And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they 
were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy 
Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness." They 
were also of one heart and soul, and shared their earthly 
possessions, expressing the true love of God to one another. 

After we are filled with God's Spirit, we too will have 
power and boldness to live for Christ and tell how He has 
delivered us from the destruction of sin. We will have love for 
the Brethren that allows us also to share what we have. We will 
exhibit that fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, 
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and 
temperance. The days of the locust plague are past; the time of 
control by God's Spirit is here. 

The locusts in my life 
Are judgments for my sin, 
But sweet deliverance flows from Christ 
And from His power within. 

Destruction's heavy strokes 
Lay low my soul in dust, 
But Jesus speaks the tender words: 
Come in My grace, and trust 


My love to be your guide, 
My power to be your stay, 
My Spirit in your life reside; 
From sin then come away. 

Sweet Spirit come today 
As once You came of old, 
When men obeyed with one accord; 
In tongues the story 7 told. 

Come fill us with Thy power; 
Thy fruit display to all; 
Come spread the truth this final hour, 
And men to Jesus call. --L.C. 


Strife. . . what do we think of it? or, what does God think 
of it? The Bible actually has a lot to say about it, and, even 
more importantly, about the godly quality of peace. 

There are four hundred different references to peace, forty- 
one to strife, and two to discordl 

Abram's example of making peace is wonderful: "And 
Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, 
between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy 
herdmen; for we be brethren." (Gen. 13:8) 

Notice, to make peace between him and Lot, he made 
himself, the elder, on the same level as the younger: "for we be 
brethren." He even placed himself lower than Lot by letting Lot 
pick the land first. In that time the elders were to give 
preference to the younger for politeness, but the younger was to 
give it back as a gesture of respect. Lot disrespected Abraham 
by taking what was not right for him to take. 

Let us look again at the first question posed at the onset of 
this article: what does God think of strife? Pro. 6:16 says, 
"These six things doth the Lord hate. . . he that soweth discord 


among brethren." We need to give some serious thought to 
God's perspective on strife. 

Moses felt the load placed upon him by those who 
quarreled: "How can I myself alone bear . . . your strife?" 
Who stirs up strife? 

Pro. 6:14: " Frowardness is in his heart , he deviseth mischief 
continually; he soweth discord." 

Pro. 15:18: " A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is 
slow to anger appeaseth strife." 

Pro. 16:28: " A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer 
separateth chief friends. 

Pro . 17:19: " He loveth transgression that loveth strife : and 
he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. 

Pro. 20:3: "It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: 
but every fool will be meddling." 

Pro. 28:25: "He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: 
but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat." 

Pro. 18:6: " A fool's lips enter into contention, and his 
mouth calleth for strokes. 

Pro. 26:21: "As coals are to burning coals, and wood to 
fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife," 

I Cor. 3:3: " For ye are yet carnal : for whereas there is 
among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, 
and walk as men?" 

I Tim. 6:4: " He is proud , knowing nothing, but doting 
about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, 
strife, railings, evil surmisings. . ." 
What is strife compared to? 

Gal. 5:20: "Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, 
emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, . ." 

Rom. 13:13: "Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in 
rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not 
in strife and envying." 


What is further spoken about strife? 

Pro. 13:10: "Only by pride cometh contention: but with the 
well advised is wisdom." 

Phil. 2:3: "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; 
but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than 

Tit. 3:9: "But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and 
contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are 
unprofitable and vain." 

Jas. 3:14: "But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your 
hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. " 

Jas. 3:16: "For where . . . strife is, there is confusion and 
every evil work. " 
What does strife or discord mean? 

Strife, controversy, dispute, quarrel, case at law, contention, 
contentious, intriguing for office, a desire to put one's self 
forward, a partisan and fractious spirit, arts, partisanship, 
gainsaying, opposition, rebellion, debate, wrangling, love of 
strife, eagerness to contend, and emulation. 

Though all those words may not apply to "common" strife, 
they all are inter-connected. 
Peace, the exact opposite of strife? 

Peace is an attribute of God, and therefore should be an 
attribute of us as God's people. Other words for peace can 
include rest, quietness, exemption from the rage and havoc of 
war, harmony, security, safety, to make peace, and to establish 

These words, especially harmony, can come only from a 
soul assured of its salvation through Christ. Giving thought to 
the subject of peace, let us consider these Bible verses: 
Verses on peace: The Source. . . 

II Thess. 3:16: "Now the Lord of peace himself give you 
peace always by all means." 


Heb. 7:2: "To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; 
first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that 
also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;" 

Heb. 13:20: "Now the God of peace. . ." 
Verses on peace: The Christian's Response: 

II Tim. 2:22: "Flee also youthful lusts: but follow . . . 
peace , with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." 

Heb. 12:14: " Follow peace with all men . . . without which 
no man shall see the Lord:" 

I Pet. 3:11: "Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him 
seek peace, and ensue it ." 

Jas. 3:18: "And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace 
of them that make peace." 
Verses on peace: General thoughts: 

I Tim. 2:2: "For kings, and for all that are in authority; that 
we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and 

Jas. 3:17: "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, 
then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy 
and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." 

Peace is indeed wonderful. We worship the Prince of 
Peace. We do not go to war. We are, or are we, really 
peaceable people? In our homes, are we really peaceful? Let 
us remember. . . "Better is a dry morsel, and quietness 
therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife." (Pro. 

Jesus, the Prince of Peace, tells us to be such a people. He 
tells us not to fight (to stay in a state of national tranquillity). 
He tells us to live in peace. He tells us not to strike back. He 
gives peace, taking our fear away, and tells us to be content 
with our earthly lot. Christianity hangs on peace, which is an 
aspect of love. Is it any wonder why peace (or nonresistance) is 
rooted so deeply in the Bible? 


"The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: 
therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with." (Pro. 

Remember, the Prince of Peace speaks of peace 400 times 
in His word. May God help us in all parts of our life in this part 
of love. . . peace. --Calvin R. Johnson 

Modesto, California 


This greatly loved hymn of our generation has had a colorful 
history. The poem translated, "O Great God," came from 
Sweden. It was written in 1885 by Carl Boberg when he was 
twenty-six years old. Carl, a preacher, was caught in a 
thunderstorm coming home from a meeting. As the sun burst 
through the clouds, low on the horizon a lovely rainbow 
appeared. As the rainbow faded with the sinking of the sun, the 
singing of a thrush was heard. In the deepening dusk, the bell in 
the church tower began to toll, signifying a funeral that day. 
From this striking picture, a beautiful poem evolved. Each 
translation has enriched the poem, with each country adding its 
own flavor. Many people had a hand in creating the final draft 
we now have. 

An English missionary by the name of Stuart K. Hine, who 
originally worked in the Western Ukraine, gave us the inspiring 
original English words as we know them today. Hine, working 
later in the vicinity of the Carpathian Mountains, was inspired 
by the beauty and the wonder of so great a God. He then 
worked in Romania where verse two was formed. One day he 
saw a peasant couple reading the Bible to villagers who began 
to weep as the story of the crucifixion was told. Verse three 
was born. In 1948, while he was working with World War II 


refugees in Britain, the first question they asked was, "When are 
we going home? ..inspiring verse four. 

So to Carl Boberg and Stuart K. Hine we owe our thanks 
for a modern-day hymn that will rank with the greatest hymns 
of all time. The melody is of Swedish origin and was revised by 
Jean Staneschi in 1929. —Selected 

ACTS 1:9 

To Bethany He led them out 

And lifting up His hands, 

While blessing them, they see that He 

On earth no longer stands. 

While they beheld with steadfast gaze, 
The Lord was lifted high. 
A cloud received Him out of sight; 
They peered into the sky. 

Ye men of Galilee, why stand 

Ye gazing up to heaven?" 

Asked angels of these wandering men. 

This promise then was given: 

"This Jesus taken up from you 
And into heaven gone, 
In this like way shall come again 
From heaven's portals drawn." 

With great rejoicing they returned 

And worshipped Christ their Lord; 

And there in praise and prayer they met 

In love and one accord. 

-Miriam J. Sauder from Spiritual Songs & Hymns 

BOWSER — A son, Wylan James, born May 5, to Allen and 
Rhoda Bowser of Harrison, Arkansas. 



As one by one, through death we go, 
And place within the grave 
The body which our loved ones know, 
Yield back the soul God gave, 

We all desire that we may be 
Remembered here below. 
We put a stone, that all may see; 
They stand there, row by row. 

But then time passes, day by day, 
And generations pass; 
And memory fades, of those who lie 
In quiet, beneath the grass. 

But not one soul's forgotten there 
By God who reigns on high. 
In one event we all will share; 
He'll call, and we'll reply. 

Then He will say if we forgot, 
Or if we kept His way. 
If we forgot, He'll say "Depart." 
"I don't know you," He'll say. 

Let's keep His way so He will say, 
"Come, enter life, My son; 
You've not forgot to live My way, 
And have the victory won." 
—James Beery 



To all my brethren from so many different fellowships who 
have helped with this project, 

I do not have adequate words to express to you the deep 
appreciation and love in my heart to all of you for what you 
have done in this building project. I hope I will be granted the 
strength and length of days to show you my appreciation in 
both deed and truth in the days to come by being of service to 
you in some way. 

The structure you have built is very functional for its 
intended purpose (providing medical care for brethren who wish 
to be free of the insurance system's bondage and for humanity in 
need, as the Lord should direct); however, this structure is so 
very temporal. It is but a vapor; it could all be gone tomorrow; 
but the spiritual structure we have and relationships we have 
built, are eternal, priceless, and unshakable. 

From the bottom of my heart I thank you. It is a privilege 
to not only be associated with you, but to actually be 
considered one of your brothers. May God bless each of you 
for all of your help. I hope in some way to be given the 
opportunity to serve each of you and your families. 
God's richest blessings to each of you, 
Forgive me for lack of better utterance and expression, 
Your grateful brother Tom 

I want to say "Thank you" to all those who have labored 
with us to build an addition on our house over the past year. 
Thanks for your hard work, your time, your financial support 
and prayers. I know that this will make it easier to provide 
better care for people in need of medical attention. 

So many hands have helped in this building project that I am 
sure this is inspired by the Lord. I remember the day a minister 


and his wife who were old friends, stopped by from South 
Dakota. They went home and sent a check explaining that they, 
too, wanted to be a part of what we were doing. I thank so 
many for sharing our vision and helping to meet the need. 

Continue to pray that we have the strength and wisdom and 
love to serve those who need care. 

Come and visit, even when you aren't sick! 

Thank you sincerely, 
Cindi Anderson 


God, in proving Himself to fallen humanity, presented no 
greater proof than when He became flesh and lived among us. 
The preparation for this took nearly four thousand years from 
the time it was promised until it came to pass. 

The purpose of His coming was not to deliver us from 
physical suffering and death, but to deliver us from its fear and 

Man's faith in the promised Messiah prior to His coming, 
was their salvation. Although it was vague and difficult to 
understand, they claimed it with confidence and assurance. See 
Job 19:25. 

Men of faith, prior to His coming, had God's approval by 
accepting physical suffering, death, and rejection of this world. 
(Hebrews II), but they were unable to relate to all its 
significance. It was God's plan that when the promise was 
fulfilled they with us could be made perfect together. (Heb. 

The good news of salvation was also made known to those 
that died prior to His coming that were held in the prison of 
death. (I Peter 3:19) 

To be physically alive and be able to relate to the fulfilled 
promise of Christ's coming is the grandest knowledge of the 
human heart. This is life eternal to know Him as our once- 


crucified and again-risen Savior, and He is more that this: He is 
our great High Priest, at the right hand of God, on the throne of 
grace interceding for us— declaring us not guilty. This is one 
aspect of the promise that those who died prior to His coming 
could not have known. 

It is only through this knowledge that man can communicate 
with God. "For we have not an high priest which cannot be 
touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points 
tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come 
boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and 
find grace to help in time of need." (Heb. 4:15,16) 

"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin 
not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, 
Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our 
sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole 
world." (I John 2:1,2) Christ is our Advocate; He speaks in our 
favor. He is also the propitiation for our sins. This means He 
has won our case. 

To prove this knowledge calls us to a loving relationship 
with those that know and fear God. "And having an high priest 
over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in 
full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil 
conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us 
hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he 
is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to 
provoke unto love and to good works; Not forsaking the 
assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but 
exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day 
approaching." (Heb. 10:21-25) To neglect this commission is 
sin. "For if we sin willfully after that we have received the 
knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for 
sins." (verse 26) 

—Kenneth Martin 



Chet sat on the grass watching Mother swish the paint brush 
back and forth on his favorite plaything: the swing set. She 
was making the rusty old swing set a pretty blue. 

"Mother, when can I swing again?" Chet asked for the 
fourth time. 

"Tomorrow," answered Mother. "The paint must dry 
overnight before you swing again." 

With a sigh, Chet settled back onto the grass to watch and 
wait. How he loved to swing! And what fun he had zipping 
down the slide! Thinking about what fun it was, made it hard 
to think of waiting until tomorrow to swing again. 

Finally Mother put the last swipe of paint on the last swing 
seat. As she passed Chet on her way to clean up the brush, she 
said, "Just come away, Chet. Why don't you go make roads in 
the sandbox?" 

Obediently, Chet ran to the sandbox and began running the 
'dozer around, making pretend roadways. However, he did not 
forget about swinging. The more he thought about it, the more 
he longed to do it. Finally, after Mother had gone inside to fix 
dinner, he ran to look at the blue swing set again. "That paint 
looks dry," he thought. "I can't wait until tomorrow! No one 
will ever know if I swing a little bit." 

Uh-oh, Chet! When he finished swinging, his hands and 
arms had blue paint on them. And what about the seat of his 
pants? That was blue, too! What a mess! Back to the 
sandbox, he ran. He sat on the edge of the sandbox at first, 
then got on his knees in the sand. What did he see on the edge 
of the sandbox? Blue paint! More mess! Mother had a big job 
getting the paint off Chefs hands and out of his clothes. The 
blue paint on the sandbox was left there and always reminded 
Chet of the time he could not wait. 

Many times throughout your life, children, you will want 
something very badly, and you will think you cannot wait until 
the right time for it. But remember! Every time we try to have 
what we want too soon, it makes a "mess" in our lives. Learn 
to patiently wait until the right time, and you will be much 
happier and won't have "messes" to clean up. 

—Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 

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VQL.45 JUNE- JULY, 1998 NOS. 6 & 7 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2:11 


When we review the way He's led 
The only thing that we have said is 

Praise the Lord! 
He's been so good! He's been so kind! 
The only thought within our mind is 

Praise the Lord! 
Deliverance and guidance, too; 
For all the things He's led us through, we 

Praise the Lord! 
For blessings all unknown before, 
For grace and joy and peace— and more, we 

Praise the Lord! 
For confidence that He will lead— 
For meeting every utter need— 
For all He is— and Heaven indeed, 

Praise the Lord! 

—Eva Ham 

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This was the testimony of an elderly, devout Christian who 
is now gone on to his reward. He used to visit in our home, 
and without fail, at some point declared, "God is good!" It 
wasn't that he had had such an easy life. Far from it! He had 
been converted from a situation of carelessness and sin. 
(Haven't we all?) He had seen many troubles and 
disappointments. His only son, his only child, had died before 
him. But still his theme was "God is good." 

This old brother at one time had operated a frosty shop and 
hamburger stand. One man said about him, "He'd rather talk 
about the Lord than sell a hundred hamburgers!" Quite a 

Is it our testimony that God is good? Would people say 
things like that about us? Let us count some of the ways God is 
good to us: 

We had the opportunity recently to attend a three-day event 
commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publishing 
of The Christian Hymnary. We sang a lot and heard talks 
relating to our heritage of Christian hymns. Some spoke of the 
contrast between the music of heaven and that of the world. 
Some recounted stories of hymns and their authors, and all were 
thankful for the priceless gift of songs we have from God. We 
sang "martyr hymns," many of which were written as men or 
women were in prisons awaiting torture or execution for the 
testimony of Jesus. Thank God for the hymns of inspiration 
that have come to us at such great cost! Truly God is good. 

The sacrifice of our Savior for our salvation is the very 
foundation of our faith and the backdrop for the hymns of the 
Church. "Behold the Savior of mankind 


Nailed to the shameful tree! 
How vast the love that Him inclined 
To bleed and die for thee!" 
We sing and we confess that Jesus died for me. Do we show by 
our obedience and our love for Him that we believe this? That 
we are lost without Him? God is good! 

Can we place a value on our Christian heritage? Why were 
many of us born of Christian parents in an atmosphere of love? 
Was it because of our goodness? No, it was God's goodness, 
and this same goodness of God leads us to repentance, because 
even those born in Christian homes still need to repent and 
come to God through Jesus. Yes, God is good. 

Do we appreciate the friendship of one another? I simply 
cannot count all the friends God has given me. We have visited 
a number of nursing homes where older people spend their last 
days here. It is a glaring truth that many in those places have 
few or no visitors. (This is an area to consider if anyone needs 
a place for Christian service.) But for some of the elderly ones- 
-those in a caring Christian community— the room at times can 
hardly hold all the visitors. God is good to us. 

We recently returned from a three-week trip to the East. 
There we were invited into the homes of friends-brethren and 
sisters in Christ. There were the long tables spread with food 
prepared to perfection: strawberries, meats, vegetables, and 
desserts. With modern methods of food preservation and 
preparation, we have better meals than those served to kings of 
the past. Better even than the good food were the welcome and 
fellowship enjoyed in these same homes. God is good, and He 
is the Provider of good things for His children. 

God provides for us in many good ways. Jesus says (Matt. 
7:9-11), "Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask 
bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give 
him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good 
gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father 


give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" The Savior gives a 
similar promise in Luke 11:13: "... how much more shall your 
heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" 
The gift of Himself— His Holy Spirit— is one we cannot live 
without. David prayed, "... take not thy holy spirit from me." 
We sing: 

If Thou withdraw Thyself from me 
Ah whither shall I go? 
Peter declared, "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the 
words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art 
the Christ, the Son of the living God." (John 6:68,69) Again we 
must confess, "God is good." 

We could go on to list our modern transportation system 
that enables us to visit loved ones far away. We can talk of our 
government that may not always be right but still maintains 
precious freedoms that protect us from physical persecution 
that many have had to face. We are free to worship God and 
spread His Gospel. We have the Holy Bible to tell us of God's 
will for us and reveal His plan to save all who will come. We 
have lesser books that encourage us and strengthen our faith. 
Promises in His Word give us bright hope for the future, even in 
the middle of trying situations. God is so good! 

What about those who have almost none of the good things 
listed here? We know there are those who have not heard the 
Gospel and are also without the blessings we take for granted. 
This knowledge places responsibility on us that have so much. 
Jesus said when He was here, "Lift up your eyes, and look on 
the fields; for they are white already to harvest." He also said, 
"The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye 
therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth 
labourers into his harvest." Men have been praying; God has 
been sending. Yet there is need and work for all. God is good! 



God is good! Proclaim it 'round you; 
Tell how He can reign within. 
Sing that Jesus came and found you-- 
Rescued you from death and sin. 

Sing the praises of the Savior; 
Sing for joy of sins forgiven; 
God is good; He loves you ever; 
Wants to bear you safe to heaven. 

Blessings full and without measure 
Have been ours through all our years. 
Best of all, the heavenly treasure 
Banishes our doubts and fears. 

God is good; observe the harvest 
White and ready now to reap. 
Pray the Lord to send the helpers 
To awaken those who sleep. --L.C. 


How often we hear testimonies such as, "I know Jesus," 
"Yes, I am a Christian," "Praise the Lord," and such like. These 
statements seem rather cheap when we notice the shallow 
lifestyle of many such professing Christians. Are we tempted to 
sacrifice Scriptural principles because many seem to be rejoicing 
while living contrary to many of the simple teachings of God's 

The test is real. At times we may be accused of simply 
promoting church traditions when, in fact, the type of life we 
are living comes as a result of God's direction through the Bible. 


As true Christians, we are called into service for our Lord. 
The Gospel message needs to be borne to erring mankind about 
us. As God's messengers, we have obligations to meet. Our 
Master gives us directions to follow. We dare not deviate from 
truth because of the whims of those who are seeking an easier 
way into heaven. The cross life remains paramount in the true 
Christian experience. As we follow God's Word closely, we 
may be able to withstand many obvious errors. But are we 
clearly aware of the errors that creep in through the guise of 

Could we learn some lessons from the account of the man 
of God in I Kings 13? This prophet was sent to convey God's 
message of condemnation to King Jeroboam, who had chosen 
to follow his own selfish will. The message was brought 
through with power. When Jeroboam resisted, the altar was 
rent and Jeroboam's hand was withered. Later it was restored 
again upon his request. 

Jeroboam then urged the man of God: "Come home with 
me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward." This was 
met by a strong refusal because it was contrary to God's 
command to the prophet: "Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor 
turn again by the same way that thou earnest." The man of God 
recognized the king's invitation as a temptation from an evil 
source, a call to compromise with evil, and did not yield. 

But the real test was still coming. "Now there dwelt an old 
prophet in Bethel" who heard of this incident. In seeking the 
man of God, the old prophet found him resting under an oak. 
"Come home with me, and eat bread." The same temptation 
was extended to the man of God that had been offered by the 
evil king. Again the temptation was refused. But this time a 
subtle appeal was made in the Name of God: "I am a prophet 
also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the 
Lord, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he 


may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him." (I Kings 
13:18) The man of God yielded. 

God had not changed His orders to His messenger. It was 
still wrong for the prophet to disobey God and take heed to the 
voice of man. The consequences had to be suffered; the man 
of God perished. 

Now, how is it with us today after we have accepted God's 
call to service and have gone forth to witness for Him? May it 
be that we could be found lax in our Christian endeavor? Could 
it be that we have been bringing the message through and have 
been withstanding many temptations to compromise with the 
world and now have succumbed to weariness? 

Let us beware! Satan may be ready to spring another snare 
upon us. Many are professing that they know Jesus and that 
they have had revelations that authorize them to ignore some of 
the simple teachings in God's Word in relation to nonconformity 
(Romans 12:2), simplicity (I Peter 3:3), modesty (I Timothy 
2:9), and so forth. They may try to persuade those who are 
humbly complying to God's will in these areas to yield their 
traditional ways to a less restrictive lifestyle. 

God's Word has not changed nor will it change. The 
consequences of disobedience are the same—spiritual death. 
We dare not yield to the voice of man if it is contrary to God's 
direction. Let us remain awake, read God's Word, and pray for 
strength to follow its commands that we remain spiritually alive 
unto eternity. 

By John D. Martin in Light of Life 
Selected by Herman Royer 

CONING — A daughter, Jessalyn Rachel, born June 7, to 
Thad and Suzanne Coning of Goshen, Indiana. 



This month we begin a series of articles on meeting places 
of the Old Brethren Church. We sometimes call them 
"churches," but really the Church is not the building. It is the 
assembly of people-the body of Christ. Furthermore, it is not 
limited to one "denomination" or even to a single group of 
denominations. The Church of Jesus Christ includes the 
redeemed of all time and throughout the entire world. 
Therefore we call the buildings "meeting houses" where 
Christians meet to worship God and hear the Gospel 
proclaimed, to sing and pray together, and to enjoy the 
fellowship of God's family. 

Currently there are four main buildings in use besides homes 
and rooms where meetings are held. But there have been 
several others not in use now or no longer used by the Old 

Our first meeting house will be the Cober Church in 
Vaughan Township near Maple, Ontario, Canada. We choose it 
first as it has recently been the place of a commemorative 
meeting of the Old Brethren in that area. 


The historic Cober Church on Dufferin Street was built in 
1888 of local first growth pine and is still in a good state of 
preservation. The benches show the marks of the hand plane as 
do the unpainted floor boards. It is a small white frame church 
in a beautiful setting of maple and pine trees, partially 
surrounded by the well known Vaughan woods. The adjoining 
church shed, which accommodated the horses that brought the 
families to services, is considered unique to be still standing 


Brethren in Christ members, formerly known as River 
Brethren, came up from Somerset and Lancaster Counties in 
Pennsylvania and formed the nucleus of the congregation which 
was organized in 1808. For some sixty years the meetings were 
rotated in sixteen different homes. A well-attended lovefeast 
convened in the barn of the Baker Homestead in 1846. 

Peter Cober was chosen bishop in 1831. Early burials took 
place on neighborhood farms before Bishop Peter Cober and 
Michael Baker, brother-in-laws on adjoining farms, each gave a 
half acre for a burying ground where their farms formed a 
common front on Dufferin Street. It is still in use and was 
enlarged in 1969. Here are buried members of the Baker, 
Reaman, Heise, Cober, and Winger families. 

Most families have graves of very small children, many of 
whom died from diphtheria. The Schell family buried five 
children as late as 1900 from the dread disease. The monument 
reads simply, "Asleep in Jesus." Diphtheria is not common 
today, but the little stone of a child, Betty Baker, buried in 1969 
reads, "Died in a car accident." Each century has its own perils, 
wrote my mother, Edna (Reaman) Baker. 

The Old Brethren's first visit in the area was June 10, 1938, 
following correspondence after the initial contact my parents, 
Amos and Edna Baker, had made with them on their wedding 
trip in March of 1937. Elders Owen Cripe, California; D. V. 
Skiles and David and Hettie Skiles, Rossville, Indiana; and 
Edward Royer, Camden, Indiana, made that first trip. Five 
Canadian members united with them, and a Lovefeast was 
enjoyed then. The Indiana congregation has faithfully 
ministered and held a Lovefeast there each fall into the 9Q's. 

Our wedding in 1964 was the second of five marriages 
solemnized in this meeting house. I was carried there as a child, 
and fondly recollect the rare summer Sundays when we walked 
the back lane to church with our Mother or Aunt Bertie. At 


the annual spring cleaning the sisters scrubbed the unpainted 
pine floors with homemade soap and brush. 

I have a deep sense of gratitude to the part this church has 
been in my life as I acknowledge that the prayers of these 
devoted saints have followed me. Our rich treasury of hymns 
sung reverently there is now part of my heritage. The spiritual 
nurturing from the inspired sermons by godly teachers is 
immeasurable. Mine was a priceless privilege! 

On June 7, 1998, the Old Brethren held a commemorative 
service marking the close of an era, with Elders Melvin Coning, 
Kenneth Martin, and Leslie Cover participating. A committee 
has been formed to care for the building's maintenance and 
appoint at least an annual service. 

Well preserved, so close to the border of Metropolitan 
Toronto, this church's quiet simplicity suggests to the passer-by 
a serenity, a link with pioneer days, a positive voice for eternity. 

—Martha Cover 


Aaron Cable's 29 1 5 Grand Point Road 
Chambersburg, PA 17201 

Jake Gibbel's 1259 N. Chippewa 

Greenville, OH 45331 


Larry Cable's phone: (937)854-0160 
Robert Ray Pletcher (add middle name) 



DAVID LUTHER HUFFMAN was born to Alvie A. and 
Ida Mae (Rapp) Huffman at Olustee, Oklahoma, on January 25, 
191 1. He peacefully passed away on May 8, 1998, at the age of 
87 years, 3 months, and 13 days. His last 81 years were spent 
near Dayton, Ohio. 

At the age of eighteen, through Christian baptism, he 
espoused Jesus as his personal Savior to which faith he 
remained faithful. 

David was married to Bessie E. Coning on December 15, 
1934. To this union were born six sons; their first, Loyd, 
passed away on May 16, 1937. Daddy was active in farming 
until he sustained major injuries from an accidental fall in July, 
1976. He patiently bore his resulting afflictions until his passing 
nearly twenty-two years later. 

In addition to his wife of sixty-three years, he is survived by 
five sons and their wives: Marlin and Eva, Allen and Marie, 
Byron and Marie, James and Faye, and Levi and Norma; 
twenty-three grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren; 
one sister-in-law, Ella Huffman; two sisters, Nannie Graybill 
and Addie and husband Kenneth Graybill. 

He was preceded in death by a son, Loyd; brothers, John 
and Charles; sisters, Bertha Brumbaugh, Ella Thomas, Mary 
Huffman, and Susan Beckner. 

Funeral services were held on May 12, 1998, by the Old 
Brethren. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Englewood, Ohio. 
Our loss is his eternal gain. 

The family wishes to express their sincere thanks and 
appreciation to all who remembered us in so many ways during 
the past days and years of Daddy's life. 

—The Family 



When God became a companion to the human race, He 
took not on Himself the nature of angels, but took on Him the 
seed of Abraham. 

"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and 
blood, he also himself took part of the same; that through death 
he might destroy him that had the power of death that is the 
devil." (Heb. 2:14) Therefore now we have an high priest that 
can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities that was in all 
points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common 
to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be 
tempted above that ye are able but will with the temptation also 
make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (I Cor. 
10:13) "For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he 
is able to succour them that are tempted." (Heb. 2: 18) 

God taking on Himself the nature of man in the person of 
Jesus, His only begotten Son, subjected Himself to all of Satan's 
powers and was tempted in all things that men encounter, yet 
did not once submit to him. This proved the strength and 
power of God and that Satan will be totally powerless in the 
final judgment and destruction of evil and the world in which 
we live. 

While Jesus' nature was the same as man's, He assured us 
that he knows all about Satan's sinful devices and that He is able 
to assist us to victory over him if we but put our trust and faith 
in Him, for He hath said, "Be of good cheer; I have overcome 
the world," and that He will never leave us nor forsake us. 

To know Christ as our succour requires a relationship with 
Him that proves this confidence and trust. The proof of this is 
how we receive those He sends into our lives. "He that 
receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a 


prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the 
name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's 
reward." (Matt. 10:41) "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that 
receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that 
receiveth me receiveth him that sent me." (Jn. 13:20) 
"Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to 
the glory of God." (Rom. 15:7) "That ye may with one mind 
and one mouth glorify God even the Father of our Lord Jesus 
Christ. " (Rom. 15:6) "That they all may be one; as thou, 
Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: 
that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. . . and hast 
loved them as thou hast loved me." (Jn. 17:21,23) 

To receive one another as Christ received us cannot be 
accomplished by our natural powers. It cannot be legislated. It 
cannot he bound inside of congregational settings. History of 
the church proves this without question. Although we believe 
in congregational, corporate discernment and support, this can 
never keep us from receiving a righteous man outside of our 
own setting. He that refuses to receive a righteous man in the 
name of a righteous man, refuses to receive Christ as our 

The faithful in Christ will never be separated from one 
another and are receiving one another as Christ has received us. 
Only in Christ as our succour can we declare "one Lord, one 
faith, one baptism." 

-Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 

Baptized in the Indiana congregation were Wanda Pletcher 
on April 26, Regina Bayer on May 17, and Jennifer Brandt on 
June 14. May they be faithful in the Church of Jesus Christ. 



Jesus Is Our Token 

Oh upon that cruel cross 
He died an unfair death for me, 
I never must forget; 
His is the only way I see. 

How can anyone forget 

What love that He did show; 

Dying for unbelievers, 

So that Heaven they all can know. 

He was blasphemed and beaten, 
Unmercifully down-spoken, 
But this is what the Lord God planned 
For Jesus is our token. 

Now if someone comes up to you 
And asks you what you say, 
Do you tell them about Jesus 
And His heavenly way? 

Or are you ashamed of Him? 
Knowing the world thinks you wrong, 
Doing His wonderful tasks, 
And singing a heavenly song? 

Tricia Lengyel 
New Madison, Ohio 
Selected by Herman Royer 



"Honor thy father and thy mother." 

"Mind your manners, boys, and play nicely," were Mother's 
parting words as Lyle and Lonnie climbed out of the car. The 
twins were excited to be spending an afternoon with Terry 
while Mother went to town. 

First, Terry took them to a back corner of the barn where 
five pudgy pups were beginning to crawl around. Then, to the 
calf pen they went, to see Terry's very own calf that was only 
two days old. 

Suddenly, Terry remembered he had a new bicycle to show 
the boys. Away to the garage they raced. There was the shiny 
purple bike, just waiting to be ridden. Terry generously offered 
to let the twins ride it. 

"Me first! Me first!" yelled Lonnie. He quickly pushed the 
bike outside and jumped on. Up and down the driveway he 
rode. Then back to the barn and out to the end of the driveway 
again. Finally, as he rode past once again, Terry stepped out 
and tried to stop him, but Lonnie just pedaled faster. Lyle tried 
to stop him on the next round, but he didn't slow down a bit. 
Finally, Terry and Lyle decided to go into the house and play 
with Terry's farm machinery. 

After awhile, Lonnie began to think maybe he was missing 
some fun in the house. He braked to a skidding halt, hopped off 
the bike, and let it fall in the middle of the driveway. Into the 
house he ran, to play "farm" with Lyle and Terry. 

Soon Mother returned from town and drove partway into 
the drive. Terry's mom rushed out to rescue the bike before 
Mother could drive on in. And, poor Terry! He found that the 
gravel put several scratches on his nice, shiny purple bicycle! 

Which twin honored his parents by showing that his parents 
had taught him manners and kindness? Which twin did not 



honor his parents? Instead, his behavior was as if his parents 
had taught him to be selfish and careless. Did his parents really 
teach him that? Which twin was the happier boy that evening? 

Linda Frick 

Gettysburg, Ohio 


Grief is perhaps the most difficult of human emotions to 
face, though it has the potential for being the most therapeutic, 
as well. Grief is not a bad thing—for it is the cost of having 
loved. If we had not cared, we would not grieve. 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul," I Peter 2:11 


wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord! 

True wisdom its pages unfold; 

And though we may read them a thousand times o'er, 

They never, no never, grow old! 

Each line hath a treasure, each promise a pearl, 

That all if they will may secure; 

And we know that when time and the world pass away, 

God's Word shall forever endure. 

O wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord! 

The lamp that our Father above 

So kindly has lighted to teach us the way 

That leads to the arms of His love! 

Its warnings, its counsels, are faithful and just; 

Its judgments are perfect and pure; 

And w 7 e know that when time and the world pass away, 

God's Word shall forever endure. 

O wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord! 

Our only salvation is there; 

It carries conviction down deep in the heart, 

And shows us ourselves as we are. 

It tells of a Savior, and points to the cross, 

Where pardon we now may secure, 

For we know that when time and the world pass away, 

God's Word shall forever endure. 

J, L. Sterling, c. 1886 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, C A 95379 


The Word of God is quick (or alive), powerful, sharp, 
piercing, dividing, and discerning. It is called a lamp, a hammer 
to break rock, and a fire. Is this how we perceive God's Word? 
John writes that the Word was in the beginning and it was God. 
He is obviously describing Jesus, for he continues, "And the 
Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. . ." With this 
description, we can grasp the incomparable magnificence of 
God's Word. An unused Bible on the shelf simply does not give 
us the picture. Neither is it realistic to study the Bible purely as 
history or as literature, though it is dependable for both. 

The Psalmist declared, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, 
and a light unto my path. " It lights the way for our walk in life 
spiritually and guides our feet in their physical steps. "Feet that 
be swift in running to mischief is one of the seven things that 
the Lord hates— that are called "abomination unto him." 
Therefore, if the Word can give us light that our feet do not 
carry us astray, it should have our careful attention. 

In history where the Word of God was missing, darkness 
prevailed. Isaiah wrote (60:2) about gross darkness covering 
the earth and the people. He told of the light shining—the Lord 
coming and the people who walked in darkness seeing a great 
light. We have it today, but many are missing it. 

We might ask, "How can men miss seeing so great a light?" 
Jesus, again quoting Isaiah, said, "For this people's heart is 
waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes 
they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their 
eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their 
heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them." 
(Matthew 13:15) He concludes saying, "But blessed are your 


eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear." It is a special 
privilege to have understanding of the Word of God, 

God's Word tells us of His will. When we were boys doing 
projects on our family farm, perhaps planting corn, irrigating, or 
digging post holes, we would sometimes wonder exactly what 
our father expected of us. We often concluded, "Let's go ask 
him." He would then give us the directions we needed. 
Sometimes he would say, "I'll come and show you how to do 
it." This is only an imperfect comparison to what God has done 
for us. It is imperfect because God has told us first. We have 
His Word. Jesus has come and not only demonstrated by 
example what God wants His children to be, but has sacrificed 
Himself to make obedience possible. (Without being born 
again, we are unable to please Him. [John 3:1-8, Hebrews 11:6]) 

From our Brethren past, we have been given the priceless 
concept of God's Word as our rule for faith and practice. This 
is fundamental— foundational. An alternate view would be 
letting God's Spirit lead us. This too is fundamental, but we 
need to be sure that the guiding spirit is God's Holy Spirit. We 
are instructed to try the spirits. Does the message harmonize 
with the Word of God? "Wherefore I give you to understand, 
that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus 
accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but 
by the Holy Ghost." (I Cor, 12:3) Remember that Jesus is the 
Word. Satan has various ways to deceive. If our hearts are not 
yielded in submission to God— if we have not given up our own 
will— we will misinterpret even the very Word of God. See the 
many differing denominations of our time, all claiming to follow 
God's Word. How vital it is to seek His way with all our 
hearts! We are in the right way when we can, by the Holy 
Spirit of God, seek for clear understanding of His Holy Word. 

During the Dark Ages, the devil used a different tactic: 
there was a famine in the land, possibly like Amos prophesied 
that God would send; "... not a famine of bread, nor a thirst 


for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord." The Bible 
was hidden—not only because it was scarce and hard to 
reproduce— but because the people did not have it in the 
language they understood, and the leaders wished to keep it so. 
John Wycliffe, named "The Morning Star of the Reformation," 
attacked the false concepts of the Roman church in the 1300's. 
But his most important work is said to be his translating the 
Scriptures into the language of the common people of England, 
A similar conclusion could be drawn from a careful study of the 
work of Martin Luther in Germany. It is difficult to appreciate 
having God's Word in our own language. Perhaps we would 
place higher value on it if we had to learn Greek and Hebrew 
to read its priceless message! 

How the Word of God has been preserved and collected 
makes an interesting study. God used men to select and 
compare and eliminate from the canon or Scriptures any 
writings that could not pass the tests of accuracy and agreement 
with one another. Ancient writers quoted from the various 
epistles and gospels showing their use and value in the early 
church. However, for many of us, it is sufficient to know that 
God, who gave His Word to His people, has preserved it and 
will protect it to the very end. Jesus promised that "Heaven and 
earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." 

How important is it that we obey God's Word? It should be 
an unnecessary question, but some seem to place emphasis on 
believing but not so much on obeying. If we study Hebrews 3 
and 4 carefully, we see that the words translated believed and 
unbelief in 3:18,19 and 4:11 mean also obey and disobedience. 
Compare other translations as well. In our own experience with 
one another, when we believe someone, we do not disregard his 
words. In the disastrous flood of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 
when the dam broke and the towns below were swept away, the 
people were warned to evacuate. One man did not believe the 


warning and perished in the overwhelming flood. Those who 
believed fled to higher ground. 

Jesus said, "Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the 
things that I say?" He also charged us in various ways (John 
14:15,21): "If ye love me, keep my commandments." Paul 
wrote in I Cor. 14:37: "If any man think himself to be a 
prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I 
write unto you are the commandments of the Lord," Peter uses 
the expression, "As obedient children." (I Peter 1:14) John 
writes (II John 4): "I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy 
children walking in truth, as we have received commandment 
from the Father." Jude writes that we "should earnestly 
contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." 

With all this, we know that none of us can boast. Our 
obedience at best is by the power of God's Holy Spirit. We 
need His grace daily. But may we never doubt the authority of 
God's Word or our duty to obey it. As a light, it leads us to 
God's way and teaches us to walk in it. As a hammer, it breaks 
the hard hearts that come to God in repentance. And as a fire, 
God's Word consumes our dross and refines us as gold. Let us 
read and study the Word, memorize it, hide it in our hearts that 
we might not sin against Him. --L.C. 


"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end 
thereof are the ways of death." (Pro. 16:25) This speaks of 
deception or delusion. The Scriptures plainly teach that all 
unrighteousness is sin. Matthew 7:13,14 mentions the wide 
gate and the broad way in contrast to the strait gate and the 
narrow way. We all desire to be on the right way and in the end 
inherit eternal life, but there are certain basic requirements to 
meet to do this. 


"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he 
that believeth not the son shall not see life; but the wrath of God 
abideth on him." (John 3:36) "If a man love me, he will keep 
my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto 
him, and make our abode with him." (John 14:23) 

These Scriptures clearly indicate the need of faith and 
obedience. In Hebrews 12:14, it says, "Follow peace with all 
men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord," 
and in Luke 9:23, "If any man will come after me, let him deny 
himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Besides 
faith and obedience, these verses outline the need of holiness, or 
separation from the world and unto God, which is denying self 
and bearing your cross. Looking at it from our natural point of 
view, it looks like an impossible proposition. But Jesus has 
promised life— the more abundant life— and also fullness of joy 
and pleasures forevermore. When we think of the way that 
seems right, it is evident that the right way has been missed. 

One of the delusions of our day is the wrong view of grace. 
Many look at grace as blanket coverage for sins and failures. 
The reasoning goes like this: "I am human and have sinful 
tendencies and am imperfect. Therefore I fail, but God's grace 
takes care of it, and eventually all will come out all right. I 
smoke a little; I use bad language sometimes; I allow lustful 
thoughts and entertain them; and I also enjoy unclean stories, 
but that's the way it is. I just can't help it, but God's grace 
overlooks it all, so eventually I hope to get to heaven." To this 
could be added a long list: malicious attitudes, envy, love of 
material things, and so forth. This definitely is not the kind of 
life outlined in the Scriptures. (Romans 6:15) 

The abundant grace of our Lord Jesus Christ enables us to 
forsake sin and live a life of peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, 
overcoming our natural tendencies and fleshly appetites. "If we 
confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, 
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Titus 2:11,12 


teaches , "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath 
appeared to all men teaching us that, denying ungodliness and 
worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in 
this present world." How much pride can a man have and not 
be proud in the sight of God? How much worldliness can we 
entertain and still maintain holiness? How much hatred, envy, 
or malice can we show and still have the peace of God in our 

We live in a corrupt generation, and unless we, by God's 
grace, can demonstrate practical holiness in our everyday 
conduct, I fear we only have the way that seems right, which 
will end in death. We are either separated unto God or 
separated from Him in the final analysis. "Depart from me" will 
be the words spoken to many who thought they were His 
children. (Matt. 7:23) 

May we appropriate the grace that was manifest in Christ 
Jesus, to live a life of peace, joy, and satisfaction in full 
assurance of faith, waiting in anticipation of His return to 
receive us unto Himself, ever to be in His glorious presence. 
By Harry Baer in Light of Life 
Selected by Herman Royer 


According to the March, 1921, issue of the Testimony of 
Truth (published every two months), "The (Old) Brethren of 
central Indiana agreed to build two meeting houses, one two 
and one half miles southwest of Rossville, Indiana, and another 
about two miles south of Camden, Indiana." The Rossville 
house was built first, and construction must have proceeded 
apace as the May, 1921, Testimony of Truth says, "At this 
writing, the brethren near Rossville, Indiana, have the frame of 
their meeting house up and will soon be under roof" My 
mother's diary says 


the first meeting in the new meeting house was held May 29, 
192 1 . This is believed to be the first meeting house used by the 
Old Brethren in Indiana. Prior to this, meetings were held in 
members' homes. 

The building site came out of the John Skiles farm and is 
said to have been donated. It is believed that Isaac Wagner was 
overseer of the building project. The dimensions of this 
building were thirty-two feet north and south by forty-four feet 
east and west. The main auditorium was thirty feet by thirty- 
two feet. Entrance was through a single door on the south side. 
There was also a door on the west end, but this was rarely used. 

A cast iron wood-fired stove in the center of the room 
provided heat. Kerosene lamps with reflectors were mounted 
on the walls, and candles were placed on communion tables 
before electric lights were installed sometime between 1955 and 
1960. A number of the benches were made with hinged backs 
which could be raised to a level position and used as tables at 
communion time. The hardware for these tables was hand 
forged by Daniel V. Skiles, also known as D. V. or Danny. 
These bench backs were one 22 inch wide board and are said to 
have been sawn from cottonwood logs supplied by Daniel 

A small room in the southeast corner of the building 
contained a cast iron stove and rocking chairs for mothers with 
infants. A stairway exited from this room to a loft or attic 
overhead where visitors from a distance might lodge overnight. 

The northeast corner room was called a kitchen, although it 
contained none of the conveniences that are considered essential 
in modern kitchens. The only thing that set it apart as a special 
room was some shelving on the walls. This is where food was 
prepared and dishes were washed at communion meetings. A 
ten feet by twelve feet lean-to attached to the northeast corner 
of the building next to the kitchen housed the cooking facilities. 
These consisted of two large, cast iron kettles set in a 


brickwork furnace which was wood fired. This is where meat 
was cooked and water was heated at communion time. Water 
was pumped by hand at a nearby outdoor well in all kinds of 
weather. There was no indoor plumbing. 

By 1979 the only members remaining in the area were 
J Elmer and Rosa Brovont, and it was decided to discontinue 

services at Rossville. The last worship service was held August 
12, 1979. Furnishings were removed, and in January of 1980, 
the property was sold to David and Janet Royer who were the 
owners of the former John Skiles farm. In 1987-88 the Royers 
built a house on the southeast portion of the former meeting 
house yard. Janet, now widowed, lives here. 

In July, 1998, the Rossville meeting house retains most of 
its original appearance except that steel siding has been applied 
and roll doors have been installed on the west end. The 
building is used for storage of, among miscellaneous items, a 
vintage automobile. The good people who built this house of 
worship would have been chagrined at the thought that it might 
house an automobile. 

—Harold Royer 
Goshen, Indiana 


MOSER -- A son, Austin Keith, born July 23 to Kendall and 
Lorrine Moser of Goshen, Indiana. 
COVER -- A son, Joseph Craig, born July 24 to Joseph and 
Laura Cover of Sonora, California. 


MARTIN -- COVER Matthew Martin and Sarah Cover were 
united in marriage on July 1 8 near Tuolumne, California. 
New address: 25623 C. R. 44, Rt. 4 
Nappanee, IN 46550 



We fumble and stumble as we go along; 
And shallow the worship, and feeble the song; 
And often we wonder, just what has gone wrong 
That we don't experience the power to be strong. 

Why doesn't conviction cause more to turn in, 
And why are so many still living in sin? 
Is God's Spirit failing o'er Satan to win? 
Not God, is the problem! We must look within. 

If we don't experience His promises true, 
Then it is because we His will, will not do; 
For He is all-powerful and will see us through, 
If we heed His Spirit, and our will subdue. 

Each promise He's given is for us to claim, 
If we meet conditions He gives for the same. 
And we'll be victorious if it is our aim 
To only bring honor and praise to His name. 

Then deeper and better will our worship be, 
And brighter the witness that others will see. 
And then will conviction draw more to be free, 
As through our example the Savior they see. 

—James Beery 

Merideth Cable: 67445 C. R. 1 1 

Nappanee, IN 46550 



BESSIE ELLEN HUFFMAN was born to Daniel and 
Catherine (Wampler) Coning at Dayton, Ohio, on September 
12, 1916. She peacefully passed away on July 5, 1998, at the 
age of 81 years, 9 months, and 23 days. She spent her entire 
life near Dayton, Ohio. 

At the age of sixteen, through Christian baptism, she 
espoused Jesus Christ as her personal Savior to which faith she 
remained faithful. She became a member of the Old Brethren 

Bessie was married to David L. Huffman on December 15, 
1934. To this union of over sixty-three years were born six 
sons; their first, Loyd, passed away on May 16, 1937. Mother 
was a busy homemaker and housewife to her active farming 
husband until he sustained major injuries from an accidental fall 
in July, 1976. She patiently bore his resulting afflictions and 
very devotedly cared for his many and continual needs until his 
passing only fifty-eight days prior to hers. Her health declined 
very rapidly after Daddy's death, but she leaves us now with an 
excellent example of devotion and Christian faith. 

She is survived by five sons and their wives: Marlin and 
Eva, Allen and Marie, Byron and Marie, James and Faye, and 
Levi and Norma; twenty-three grandchildren, thirty-three 
great-grandchildren, one sister, Eliza Miller, two brothers-in- 
law, Daniel Garber and Abram Hess. 

In addition to her husband, David, she was preceded in 
death by a son, Loyd; brother, Elmer Coning; sisters, Orpha 
Garber and Mary Hess. 

Funeral services were held on July 8, 1998, by the Old 
Brethren in the Bear Creek Old German Baptist meeting house. 
Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Englewood, Ohio. Our loss 
is her eternal gain. -The Family 



"And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his 
disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are 
written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of 
God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." 
(John 20:30,31) "For whosoever shall call on the name of the 
Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13) 

"For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his 
ears are open unto their cry. The face of the Lord is against 
them that do evil. . ." (Psalm 34:15,16) "The Lord is nigh unto 
all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth." 
(Psalm 145:18) 

The love of Christ revealed in this invitation and the 
blessings that would follow can be nothing less that a living 
testimony of His personal walk which He revealed while living 
in the flesh as we are. 

To claim His name and not be delivered from the power of 
sin is Satan's most effective tool It is a snare and trap that is 
leading multitudes to eternal destruction. Claims are being 
made in honor of His name in all walks of life, with success 
stories on the battlefield, in Hollywood, in the sports arena, and 
in modern Christian magazines. Even in divorce and remarriage 
and in sodomy, success stories in His name are claimed by those 
that are totally alienated from Christ's teaching and the life He 

There are no mystical powers in calling upon the name of 
the Lord. To call upon His name requires a knowledge of what 
this name signifies and the purpose for which His name is to be 
called upon. 

The purpose for Christ's coming into the world was to 
deliver man from the power of Satan. Christ, proving His 


ability to do this, is now the confidence of all those that know 
and call upon His name. 

Those that call upon His name in truth are not using His 
name for success stories in the physical realm. Although we 
acknowledge Him as the giver of all good which is due His 
great name, this is not the purpose for which we are to call 
upon and prove the power in His name. Physical success in this 
world is no more than the world is claiming, for the world is 
also successful in the physical. (The just and the unjust receive 
rain alike.) 

The victory and success of the early church was not in 
physical excellence, but in suffering and death at the hands of 
those that despised the name of Jesus. Those that truly know 
Jesus and claim His salvation are in some way suffering for His 
name's sake. "... He that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased 
from sin," but those that are suffering are not asking for pity or 
sympathy but in this are glorifying His most holy name. 

Only those that are calling on the name of the Lord in truth 
are being delivered from the power of darkness and are walking 
in the light of His salvation. "But I say unto you, Love your 
enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate 
you, and pray for them which despiteflilly use you and 
persecute you." (Matthew 5:44) To be able to do this the flesh 
has to suffer and die. The apostle Paul declared that this was a 
daily experience for him. 

Jesus is still the cause for Satan's rage, and those that claim 
His cause are tested daily in the spirit, the mind, and the heart, 
in relationships with our fellowmen, and are proving love 
without dissimulation. For His name's sake we must do those 
things that accompany salvation. By this shall all men know 
that we are His ambassadors and that we are true 
representatives of His great name. 

—Kenneth Martin 


A New, Clean Heart 

Jesus, hear me, make me new; 
I want a new, clean heart. 
Every deed, yes, will be true; 
I pray to never part. 

No more words my tongue will speak 
To make someone feel bad; 
Your strength will help when I am weak; 
Happiness must be had. 

No more wrong deeds I will do 
On the inside or out. 
Whenever I may need you, 
In prayer to you I'll shout. 

O, my God, a new, clean heart 
For life eternally: 
Love and peace you will impart; 
With me you'll always be. 
-Jennifer Brandt 


Let us raise our children to be wise, 
To be little in their own eyes. 

Let them learn to quickly forsake wrong, 
And in the right, always be strong. 

Let them learn to seek out only God 
And walk on earth as holy sod. 


Let them learn to persevere in prayer, 
To place all needs within God's care. 

Let them be honest friends to all, 
To teach the true way from the fall. 

Let them help multitudes, God to seek, 
And like Moses, be truly meek. 

Let them be the good salt and bright light 
That shows a way out of the night. 

Let them always go a Godly way 
And faithful be till endless day. 
—Sharon See 


That Little Girl's Mother Lied to Her! 

Eva stood quietly near the door of the small store while 
Mama selected the items that were on her shopping list. The 
door opened, and in came Little Girl and her mother. Little Girl 
talked to the lady at the cash register; then she went to the 
candy shelves. Taking a bag of gummi worms, she laid them on 
the cash register counter for her mother to buy. That done, she 
went over to where Eva stood and was soon busy looking at 

When Little Girl's mother came to the register to pay for her 
groceries, she quietly put the gummi worms back on the candy 
shelf Going out of the door, Little Girl asked for her gummi 
worms. Her mother said, "They're in the sack," which satisfied 
Little Girl. 

Eva had watched all this with much interest. When she and 
Mama were safely in the car, Eva blurted our, "That little girl's 
mother lied to her!" Then she told Mama the whole story. 

Mama's face looked sad. "I'm sorry a mother would lie to 
her children," she said. "That little girl will not be able to trust 
her parents, even when she is grown up. And the little girl will 
think it is all right to tell lies, so she'll grow up being untruthful. 
God's Word tells us, 'Lie not one to another,' and in Proverbs a 
lying tongue is listed as one of the things God hates. We will 
have to pray for the little girl and her mother, won't we?" 

"I'm glad you and Daddy don't lie to me," Eva said. "I 
know I can believe you all the time!" 

—Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 

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VOL. 45 SEPTEMBER, 1998 No. 9 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul " I Peter 2:11 


Give of your best to the Master; 
Give of the strength of your youth; 
Throw your soul's fresh, glowing ardor 
Into the battle for truth. 
Jesus has set the example; 
Dauntless was He, young and brave; 
Give Him your loyal devotion, 
Give Him the best that you have. 

Give of your best to the Master; 
Give Him first place in your heart; 
Give Him first place in your service, 
Consecrate every part. 
Give, and to you shall be given; 
God His beloved Son gave; 
Gratefully seeking to serve Him, 
Give Him the best that you have. 

Give of your best to the Master; 
Naught else is worthy His love; 
He gave Himself for your ransom, 
Gave up His gloiy above; 
Laid down His life without murmur, 
You from sin's ruin to save; 
Give Him your heart's adoration, 
Give Him the best that you have. 
By Howard B. Grose 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the 
members of the Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free 
on request. 

Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Across the nation, school buses are rolling again. Tiny first- 
graders carry books and pencil boxes, crayons and rulers. Older 
ones reluctantly leave the freedom of summer vacation and take 
up the seemingly onerous task of learning. Merchants know the 
market and advertise "back to school" specials. Perhaps some 
mothers breathe a sigh to see their first child begin the school 
years. For others, the sigh may be one of relief that once again 
an organized program occupies the minds and hands of the 
youngsters so full of life and energy. 

How about us older ones? Do we ever go back to school? 
Perhaps a better question is, "Do we ever get out of school?" 
For learning goes on in some fashion all our days. Isaiah writes 
to Israel in his passionate opening chapter: "Learn to do well; 
seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead 
for the widow." If we are not learning to do well we could be 
learning the patterns of evil habits, for learning takes place as 
long as we live. 

In school we memorize, "Study to show thyself approved 
unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly 
dividing the word of truth." Study can forestall shame at test 
time. But these words were written by Paul, not primarily to 
children, but to Timothy, the first bishop of the church of the 
Ephesians. He was a young man (Let no man despise thy 
youth. . ." I Tim, 4:12) but certainly not a child. This "study" 
passage is for us adults. We should be ever learning good 
things that bring us to the knowledge of the truth. ( Read about 
the error regarding learning in II Tim. 3:7.) "Never too old to 
learn" is an important motto. In a store recently we heard the 
manager say, like we all can, "Well, I learned something today." 


Parents, teachers, and preachers should remember that "the 
day we stop learning is the day we stop teaching!" 

Another Scripture we use in school is I Thess. 4:11: "And 
that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business. . ." This 
is certainly a good classroom motto, but this passage, too, was 
written to adults in the setting of other very serious teaching. 
To learn to be quiet in both outward expression and inmost 
spirit is vital to our composure and our testimony. 

For those who have been born anew into the family of God, 
there is so much to learn. How can we possibly absorb enough, 
even in a lifetime, to make us "wise unto salvation"? James 
writes that if we lack wisdom, we should "ask of God, that 
giveth to all men liberally. . ." God is faithful to teach us. What 
are some of the methods He uses? How do we learn? 

One learning method is "the hard way." In other words we 
experience the knocks and blows that come from our mistakes. 
If we are good learners, we avoid making the same errors. If 
we are slow learners, we take the knocks again and again. 

Another way is from the verse in II Timothy: study. A 
glimpse into the field of books shows us much that is good and 
useful. Above all others stands the Bible, the Word of God. 
When I was a boy, we children heard Grandfather speak of the 
Good Book. Peter writes of the "sure word of prophecy; 
whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that 
shineth in a dark place. . ." Lack of learning was part of the 
darkness of the Dark Ages. As men began the awakening or 
"renaissance," they realized that the key to freedom and 
knowledge was reading. They began to organize schools, not 
because the state said they must, but because they knew its 
importance. If their children could read, they could read the 
Word of God. The Christians thought that the girls as well as 
the boys should read. With this purpose came the need for the 
Word of God in the language of the common people. God 
raised up translators like John WyclifFe, William Tyndale, and 


Martin Luther. He gave conviction in men's hearts to devote 
themselves to teaching, producing pioneers like John Comenius 
and Christopher Dock. We who have such reams of reading 
material and a schedule crowded with other more exciting 
things to do, cannot appreciate books and the privilege to learn 
as they did. 

Another method of learning is observation. To look around 
us is itself an education if we are of a mind to learn. In Romans 
1:20, Paul instructs: "For the invisible things of him from the 
creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the 
things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so 
that they are without excuse." The world God created testifies 
of His power. We "observe and learn." How can we see God's 
world so orderly, so useful, so suited to man, and not believe in 
a wise divine Mastermind behind it all? 

We use observation also in adapting and harmonizing with 
the people around us. Human relationships makes up one of the 
most challenging and vital studies of our time. The manager of 
a business says, "It's hard to get good help these days." We see 
with near despair the corroding of the marriage relationships 
affecting someone in nearly every family group. Even in the 
church, Satan sometimes succeeds in sowing discord—prying 
apart dearest friends and causing distrust of leaders. If we can 
only observe these things going on around us and receive the 
admonitions of Romans 12:9, "Let love be without 
dissimulation (pretense). . ."! And Ephesians 5:32,33: "Let all 
bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil 
speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye 
kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even 
as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." 

Most learning is accompanied by some practice— putting to 
use the things we learn. In fact, the goal of learning is not in 
itself; it is in the practical use of that learning. Some of the 
things we learn in school will not be useful to us in future life. 


How many know (or care) what a predicate nominative is or 
how to diagram a complex sentence? These are useful in school 
to help us learn other things. But the best learning is that which 
affects our Christian walk. Yes, we can learn to run a business 
and accomplish the technical skills of building, inventing, or 
manufacturing. But to learn to walk and talk with God, to 
know Him and please Him, and to harmonize with our fellow- 
travelers will count for eternity and give us the best in this life, 
too. Let us learn from experience, by study, and by hearing and 
doing. Let us ask for wisdom from above. "Teach me to do 
thy will: for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into 
the land of uprightness." (Psalm 143:10) --L.C. 


Lord, who am I to teach the way 
To little children day by day, 
So prone myself to go astray? 

I teach them knowledge, but I know 
How faint the flicker and how low 
The candles of my knowledge glow. 

I teach them power to will and do, 

But only now to learn anew 

My own great weakness through and through. 

I teach them love for all mankind 
And all God's creatures, but I find 
My love comes lagging far behind. 

Lord, if their guide I still must be, 
Oh, let the little children see 
The teacher leaning hard on Thee. 

—Leslie Pinckney Hill 



If in our hearts God does not rule, 
Then we'll be used as Satan's tool. 
In this we can not neutral be; 
One of the two we serve, you see. 

The evidence we can discern: 
If in our heart vile lust does burn, 
If evil works do have their way, 
Then Satan there is holding sway. 

Not only this; do we pretend 
To walk with God, when we intend 
To serve ourselves instead of Him, 
Within our hearts to harbor sin? 

We need to search and see in truth, 
What attitudes and just what fruits 
Are showing forth to those around; 
The spirit fruits should there abound. 

If we in truth will do our part, 
The Spirit will to us impart 
True wisdom and discernment too; 
And guidance that will see us through. 

His people we can then discern; 
With love to them our hearts will burn. 
Communion sweet will then be real; 
God's peace within we'll always feel. 
—James Beery 



Pentecost is a special time for all Old Order Brethren. It is 
the time for Annual Meeting. We believe that as we convened 
in the Wakarusa meetinghouse that the Church of God— His 
house, was built up and fed much. 

Friday meeting opened with Hymn 62. Kenneth M. called 
our attention to the purpose of the meeting, reminding us that 
although we are a tiny part of God's Church, we are called to 
relate to it. Hymn 284 was used. Prayers were offered for the 
Church and all men. Melvin C. then spoke, reminding us of our 
common level. As this is the general brotherhood council, the 
Old Brethren policy and confession of faith were read. No 
queries were presented, so time was given for preaching the 
Word. Harold R. read Acts 15. Leslie C. brought greetings 
from the West, and we sang Hymn 276. This hymn was used as 
an outline of his sermon. Jesus Christ is always the same! We 
want Holy Ghost leadership. God has planned His Church from 
the beginning. He has raised up the tabernacle of David, the 
tabernacle of the Spirit. (Amos 9:7,8) 

I. No wider is the gate. It is not remodeling or redirection, 
but death to the old man. 

II. No sweeter is the cup; no slacker is the fight. We must 
fight on today's battlefields—not the old ones. This includes the 
issues of the home and Christian school, and yes, evangelism! 

III. We must press with enthusiasm and energy toward the 

IV. God has promised to be with us. We are God's 
assembly, we are His Church. 

Testimonies were given by the deacons. Lloyd W. led 
Hymn 279 and among his thoughts was the Church as a living, 
moving organization for whomsoever^ After prayer of 
thanksgiving for the Church, Melvin closed saying the Church is 


the pillar and ground of truth and is on the offensive! We've a 
strong Leader! 

We shared a meal together then, and in the evening the 
young folks gathered at the schoolhouse for activities. 

Saturday morning began with Hymn 28 and the reading of 
Isaiah 53 after the traditional manner. Neal M. opened with 
Hymn 171. Christ gives us all things, so we want to worship 
Him. We are called to holiness so that Christ's blood can be 
effective in our lives. 

Lloyd W. had I Peter 2 read and led Hymn 210. He spoke 
of Christ's seven last words: 

I. The voice of forgiveness. (Luke 23:32) 

II. The voice of reconciliation, (Luke 23:39) 

III. The voice of love. (John 19;25-27) These deal with 
humanity. We are called to the same attitudes. Our words are 
important! (James 1) Christ did all things perfectly. We are to 
love our enemies, forgive all, and to love our families. The 
Bible speaks of a sword piercing Mary's heart! How it must 
have ached! We call her blessed. 

IV. The voice of agony and loneliness. (Mark 15:33-34) 

V. The voice of humanity, (John 19:30) 

VI. The voice of victory. (John 19:30) 

VII. The voice of trust and faith. (Luke 23:46) Surely He 
was the Son of God! 

Leslie C. led in Hymn 493. Some of Christ's last words 
were "The Great Commission." They still apply! Christ is 

We likewise today ate the traditional common meal, and 
those who enjoyed singing sang afterwards in a circle out under 
the trees in the yard. 

In the evening we again ("once more") came together to 
celebrate the service of self-examination, feet washing, the 
Lord's Supper (Lovemeal) and Eucharist. 


Lloyd W. led the Communion service. Many good 
exhortations were heard. May we never forget what our 
redemption has cost and value it more that life itself! 

On Sunday morning (Pentecost) we gathered for Morning 
Prayer at 7:30 A.M. Lloyd W. exhorted us. Hymn 161 was 
used. He (Christ) arose! This is the Lord's Day. Elder Daniel 
F. Wolf would say Jesus was born to die so He could conquer 
death. Because He lives, we can live! After breakfast together 
we again gathered for preaching. Hymns 176 and 90 were used 
and Acts 2 was read. Leslie C. preached. We're a new nation 
with a new song. Pentecost was a new day! It is fulfillment of 
prophecy. In Ezekiel 1 1 : 19-20 we read of the new land of the 
Spirit. In Ezekiel 37 we see how even dry bones can come to 
life by Christ's Spirit sent from the Father. Evidences of this 
Spirit-filled life are abundant. We forget those things behind us 
(the object lesson of the chambered nautilus.) Think of the 
martyrs! They had a song! We trust Him for the future. (The 
story of Julia K. Haussmann) 

All the servants of the Word present then exhorted us 
briefly, with the deacons witnessing to it. Hymns 461, 177, and 
476 were used. So many glorious truths about the Spirit of 
God were shared. I Tim. 4:14; Acts 19:1,2; Eph. 5:15-20; Col. 
3:16,17; I John 4:1-6; and others were used. Prayers were 
offered, and Leslie reminded us to recommend seekers to read 
the Scriptures. Melvin closed, and we once again ate with each 

We want to praise and thank our Heavenly Father in a 
special way for the Church and the manifold blessings that are 
ours! And we also want to remember those who as dear saints 
and martyrs have gone on before and are awaiting the 
resurrection of the body when the Church of all ages will 
forever be united and complete— complete in Him—our eternal 
Lord and God. 


We want to thank all who made this possible, and thank 
God that all were given traveling mercies. Many friends and 
brethren from far and near attended. And so we invite all to go 
with us to our heavenly goal. 

As we think of this, our mind seems to just want to burst 
out with this ancient hymn: 

Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire 
And lighten with celestial fire. . . 
All praise to Thine eternal merit, 
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

—ancient Pentecost hymn 
Michael Harris 
Goshen, Indiana 


(The following is the third in a series of articles on the 
various meeting houses used by the Old Brethren since their 

The May, 1922, number of the Testimony of Truth reported 
that, "The brethren at Deer Creek near Camden, Indiana, have 
commenced the erection of their meeting house; it is located on 
Brother Charles A. Bowerman's farm southwest of Camden. " 
The September number says, "The brethren at Camden, Indiana, 
have their meeting house completed." It was built on the same 
plan and dimensions as the Rossville house." 

It appears that by the end of the decade, membership had so 
dwindled that the meeting house was not used for a time. It 
was next used by the Old Order German Baptists (Petitioners). 
How long they used this house is not known, but Fred Flora 
says they held their annual conference there in 1929. By 1939 it 
was in the hands of the Old Brethren German Baptists (part of 
the Old Brethren before 1 928). 


In 1998 this latter group is using the Camden meeting house 
for regularly scheduled worship services, and the building 
remains as originally constructed. It is uncertain whether this is 
the second or third meeting house used by the Old Brethren in 
Indiana, as a meeting house near Goshen began to be used 
somewhere in the 1921-23 timeframe. 

Some of the members living in the Camden area in the 
1920's were John and Sidnia Leedy, Lloyd and Bertha Flora, 
James and Phoebe Morris, Perry and Lizzy Miller, Adolph and 
Abby Endress, John and Susan Mussleman, Lydia Metzger, 
Jonas and Emma Flora, Alice Austin, Ann Flora, Adam 
Blocher's, and Daniel Miller's. Very likely Mary Yost should be 
on this list also. 

—Harold Royer 
Goshen, Indiana 


Because someone cared, I have hope for tomorrow; 
Because someone prayed, the light has shown through; 
Because someone loved me, I'm seeing my Father 
So firm and compassionate, tender, and true. 

Because someone gave me a faithful example 
And carefully helped me remove from my way 
The roadblocks that hindered my ongoing journey- 
Because someone did this—I'm happy today! 

I'm sure that you too, if you're following Jesus, 
Could say there was someone who pointed the way; 
Yes, someone was there when you stood at the crossroads, 
To be your example, to care, and to pray. 


Then, friend, are you willing to be just a "someone" 
The Father can use as a vessel of love 
To point other souls to the way of salvation, 
To guide erring feet to the Father above? 

It doesn't take eloquence, money, or wisdom; 
It doesn't take fame or a quick, ready tongue, 
But only a soul who's been washed at the fountain, 
A heart with a message, and lips with a song. 

God could have sent angels to give us the message, 
Or He could have thundered it down from the sky. 
Instead, He has chosen that mortals who know it 
Be charged with the duty to sound out the cry. 

Dear Lord, make us willing to answer Your bidding. 
Unhindered, by us may Your message be shared, 
That many may yet be a part of the kingdom 
Because Jesus saved them—and somebody cared. 

By Mary Hursh in The Christian Example 


Eastern District—Wakarusa Meeting House October 3 & 4 

California-Salida Meeting House October 17 & 18 

AH are welcome to attend these meetings. 

TATE ~ A daughter, Elizabeth Rose, born August 1 1 to Bill 
and Karen Tate of Bremen, Indiana. 



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world, but it never converts the world to Christ. 

From the John Strickler collection 



Of all the knowledge the human mind can attain to, there is 
none more needful than to know and relate to the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every 
one that believes. Outside of this, man is under the wrath of 
God. (John 3:36) The enemy of the Gospel is the one that 
made it needful for it to come. 

Satan in his efforts to hinder and prevent the Gospel of 
Christ, was no match against the wisdom and power of God in 
declaring it. Satan, unable to prevent the Gospel of Christ, is 
also unable to hinder any man that will keep faith and trust in 
the salvation the Gospel promises. For man to keep this faith 
and trust, he must keep faith in Christ's powers He revealed to 
prove His validity and authority over all else. 

One of the attacks on the Gospel of Christ in our day is to 
question the miracles Jesus performed in vindicating the Gospel. 
We hear or read of professed Christianity that finds the miracles 
of Jesus a source of either difficulty or embarrassment—thinking 
they did not really happen. The natural storm wasn't stilled; the 
dead were not raised; the blind did not receive their sight; the 
sick were not healed, etc. This is Satan's attack against the 
living Christ— to hinder the believer from believing that He can 
still the storm of life-both human and natural. The storm that 
is stilled in the human heart displays the greater power. 

Philip, the apostle (with many others) was doubting Jesus 
and who He was. He personally asked Jesus about who He 
really was, and Jesus told him, "Believe me when I say that I am 
in the Father and the Father is in me, or at least believe on the 
evidence of the miracles themselves." (John 14:1 1 NIV) 

If we doubt the miracles Jesus performed while on earth, we 
doubt whether we will see and experience His greatest miracle— 
that is a transformed heart and mind that is separated unto God. 

—Kenneth Martin 


A Hint from a Cripple 

The train was crowded, and people were standing on the 
platforms and in the aisles. Those that could get no seats took 
this opportunity to express themselves in no uncertain terms 
about the railroad company and its poor management. Nor was 
the tone in which they spoke very patient. Some declared they 
had been standing for hours. To cap the climax, at every station 
others came aboard, making the crowd that had to stand even 
denser and more uncomfortable. 

One of these newcomers was a cripple, who had to be 
brought in by others. As the passengers made way for him, one 
of them repeated his complaint, "Yes, we've been standing here 
for three hours." 

The invalid looked at the complainant and said quietly and 
impressively: "You are very fortunate. " 

That remark did it. The presence of the cripple brought 
home to the tired passengers that they had much more cause to 
be grateful than to be disgruntled. --Selected 

Following the Recipe 

Sadie pushed a chair up to the kitchen counter where her 
nine-year-old sister Carol was mixing pancakes. Climbing onto 
the chair, she watched Carol measure flour, salt, sugar, and 
baking powder into the sifter. Each time, she carefully leveled 
the ingredients off at the top of the measuring cup or spoon. 

"Why do you do that?" Sadie wanted to know. 

"I level it off so we have just the right amount of each thing 
in the pancakes. Then the pancakes will be very good," 
responded Carol as she sifted the dry ingredients into a bowl. 

Breaking eggs into a cup, she used a wire whisk to lightly 
beat them. Next, she put margarine into the skillet to melt it. 
When the margarine was melted, she carefully poured the eggs, 

margarine, and milk into the bowl with the dry ingredients. 
Using a big spoon, she quickly stirred the liquid into the dry 
ingredients with only a few strokes, just as the recipe instructed. 

Once the pancakes were fried to a beautiful golden brown, 
the family sat down at the table to enjoy them. 

"What wonderfully delicious pancakes!" Daddy exclaimed. 

"They are so fluffy and tender!" Mother added. 

Big brother Tom just kept eating one pancake after another, 
which told Carol that he, too, thought they were just delicious. 

Then four-year-old Sadie told how she had watched Carol 
mix up the pancake batter. "She measured everything real 
careful so the pancakes would be good," she revealed. 

Now, children, are you following God's recipe for your life 
"real careful" so that your life will be a good one and be blessed 
of the Lord? What are some of the instructions in God's recipe? 
"Children, obey your parents. . ." "Honour thy Father and thy 
Mother ..." "Be ye kind one to another. . ." "... Forgiving 
one another. . ." "Lie not one to another. . ." Can you think of 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 


VOL. 45 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER, 1998 NOS. 10 & 11 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2:11 


Sing to the Lord of harvest; 
Sing songs of love and praise; 
With joyful hearts and voices 
Your hallelujahs raise. 
By Him the rolling seasons 
In fruitful order move; 
Sing to the Lord of harvest 
A song of grateful love. 

By Him the clouds drop mercies; 
The deserts bloom and spring; 
The hills leap up in gladness; 
The valleys smile and sing. 
He filleth with His fullness 
All things with large increase; 
He crowns the year with goodness, 
With plenty and with peace. 

Heap on His sacred altar 
The gifts His goodness gave, 
The golden sheaves of harvest, 
The souls He died to save. 
Your hearts lay down before Him 
When at His feet ye fall, 
And with your lives adore Him , 
Who gave His life for all 


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"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing 
praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy 
lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night." 
(Psalm 92:1,2) 

To read through these verses from an ancient writer is 
good. To understand their meaning and live our their advice is 
better. Four activities of man are recommended here that are 
"good things." We can picture the writer dipping his sharpened 
quill into the ink and scratching these words on the parchment. 
Possibly the writer was David since he speaks of "an 
instrument often strings." A frown of regret may have mixed 
with smiles of joy and relief as he thought back over the years. 
There had been times of loneliness, of sorrow, of danger and 
victory, of temptation. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, he wrote of 
these four responses of man to his merciful Creator: 

The time of national thanksgiving is only one occasion to be 
thankful. Often we express to one another that God has been 
so good to us. We could fill the sixteen pages of The Pilgrim 
just recounting His blessings. By the famines in other parts of 
the world, we are once again reminded of God's blessings of 
food to our people. Children, undeserving of such misery, 
suffer when the elders of the nation quarrel, as in Sudan with its 
ongoing civil war. We look on from our loaded tables, and 
cannot begin to imagine what it would be like to be hungry. 

When I was a boy, though our family was not wealthy, we 
never went hungry. There was not always a large variety, but 
we learned to appreciate our food. My mother would quote: 
"Whate'er you waste or throw away 
You'll live to want another day." 


It should grieve us to see food left on plates. Our nation is so 
affluent that families can go to a restaurant, order expensive 
meals, and leave with half of the food uneaten. Even Christian 
people, blessed all their lives with abundance, sometimes seem 
unaware of wasteful practices like pouring fruit juice down the 
drain, trimming vegetables wastefully, throwing out half the 
apple with the core, and even discarding good left-overs. 

To give thanks is a sacred duty; to conserve what God gives 
is a demonstration of that thankfulness. We might reason that 
what we waste will not find a way to the hungry. This may be 
true, but the principle remains. If enough people in the affluent 
countries make good use of their food, it will have a world- 
wide effect. May God reveal more to us of how to avoid waste 
and to share with those in need. 


We praise those we admire. Sincere praise is "comely." 
(Psalml47:l) It looks good. We also like to receive it, though 
we do not deserve it. Only God has the perfection that deserves 
unlimited praise. 

As we grow in the Christian life, we move from a place of 
selfishness (where we do not care to praise anyone) to a 
position of appreciation for the marvelous grace of God that 
rescues us from the pit of sin and self. Here we can offer "the 
sacrifices of praise" to God who in Christ gives us the new 
song. If we would learn how, when, why, and where to praise 
Him, we should read often the last seven Psalms. "Let every 
thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord." 

Besides the Scriptures, God has given praise songs to His 
people through the centuries. The Doxology (Praise God from 
Whom All Blessings Flow) has possibly been sung more times 
by our people that any other. Francis Scott Key wrote # 64 
entitled "Gratitude" in our hymn book. The second verse is 

Praise, my soul, the God that sought thee, 


Wretched wanderer, far astray; 
Found thee lost and kindly brought thee 
From the paths of death away; 
Praise, with love's devoutest feeling, 
Him who saw thy guilt-born fear, 
And the light of hope revealing, 
Bade the blood-stained cross appear. 

Oh, how kind He is! I shudder when I hear or read of those 
who question God or charge Him with a mistake or challenge 
His judgment. God does not cater to our whims of imagined 
need. We are like children who do not know what is best for us. 
But God does know best, and He is kind. Even when God 
allows us to have trouble, it is an act of kindness, because He 
knows what will develop Christian character in us if we will 
only submit to His working. 

As an example, this morning it is raining steadily as I write. 
I would like to have done some jobs before our wet season 
came— like fixing the woodshed roof Also a work day at the 
meeting house may be hindered by the rain today. Instead of 
regretting, we must "shew forth God's lovingkindness in the 
morning" He loads us daily with good things. A little boy's 
definition of lovingkindness was this: "When someone gives 
you a piece of bread, that is kindness. If he puts jam on it, that 
is /<?vz>/gkindness." One devoted saint was being thankful for 
his meagre material blessings, and he murmured, "All this and 
Jesus, too!" 

By the words every night, we might understand the close of 
the day or the time when we sleep. God is faithful in both 

God doesn't sleep. He watches over us while we are 
helpless and vulnerable. Mothers certainly understand this as 


they remain responsive to their infants' cries even while they 
sleep. Bare feet on a cold floor, jumping from a warm bed, 
sacrificing her own comfort— all these mean little beside the love 
Mother has for her very own child. God instills this love in 
human hearts that we might understand His greater love and 
faithfulness to us. 

When Jesus left the beauties and comforts of heaven and 
came to ugly earth, it must have been like a long dark night, a 
sacrifice of His own will. He knew that His coming was the 
only way we could be saved. It was for the joy set before Him 
that He was faithful through that miserable night away from the 
Father. Even the sun refused to shine as He suffered on the 
cross. Talk of faithfulness of fathers and mothers, but Jesus' 
faithfulness outshines them all 

Then at the close of the day, God is faithful to give us rest. 
Whether it be operating a chain saw or tractor, standing all day 
in a workshop, milking cows, or working at a computer, we get 
tired. How welcome is the time of rest! How good and faithful 
is our God to make this provision! And it comes every night. 

Another example of the every night faithfulness of God is 
when our earthly life comes to a close, otherwise know as old 
age. Ecclesiastes 12:1 calls this "the evil days" and the years 
"when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them." This is true 
for the natural man. But Isaiah 40:28-31 tells of the blessings 
available even in this time if we "wait upon the Lord." "He 
giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he 
increaseth strength. . . they shall mount up with wings as eagles; 
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not 

My father wrote a lot in his last years. On the occasion of 
the death of Sister Sophia Baker, who lived over ninety years, 
he wrote in part: 

Rest, for the day was long, 
Time now for sleeping 


With all the silent throng, 
Angel watch keeping. 

Rest, for the weary hours 

Through years to number 

Sunshine and cloud and showers; 

Now peaceful slumber. 
Surely God is good to us. He has a place of rest in Christ 
when we yield our lives to His loving care. He daily loads us 
with blessings to numerous to count. Surely we owe to Him 
our praise and thanksgiving, our love and service expressed by 
serving one another. --L.C. 


We entered Mexico at Aguas Prietas about 9:00 A.M. on 
Saturday, July 25, 1998. We were given the "green light" to go 
so passed through the border with no problem. After finding 
the main highway east and driving for about forty-five minutes, 
we happened into another adaana check who told us we needed 
to return to the border to get all our paper work in order. After 
about two and a half hours, we had all our papers signed and 
were on our way. We were impressed with the lush green, high 
desert beauty we saw all around us as we drove to Cualtemoc 
where we spent the night and had a nice day Sunday with a 
friend and several other believers. 

Monday we bought what was necessary, changed our 
money, and traveled on through Creel to Humira. We found 
Jose Macias, our contact and helper, at home; and he showed 
us to the cabin on the river. The rugged countryside with its 
steep canyon walls, rivers and cliffs was awe inspiring. Tuesday 
we returned to Creel and purchased about $75.00 worth of 
flour and ground corn to distribute the next day in Pamachi. 


Wednesday we rose early and traveled about three hours to 
the little village of Pamachi. While the road was good for a 
dirt road, there were several treacherous spots, and we 
continually thanked God for His mercies. Pamachi is located at 
the top of a mountain looking out over the Copper Canyon. 
We met with cultural and civic chiefs and presented the 
possibility of establishing a work there. They were open to the 
idea but said that they would have to talk to the rest of the 
community about it before giving an answer. We then 
distributed the food which was graciously and gratefully 
accepted. By the time we left, quite a thunder storm had settled 
in. We got stuck in the mud once on the way out. 

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we visited other small groups 
of Christians, washed clothes, visited the river, and enjoyed the 
fellowship with the Tarahumara and our beautiful surroundings. 

Earlier in the week we had hoped to go back to Pamachi 
and camp, but Jose had invited us to a camp further north, and 
we felt that with the roads being so wet from daily 
thundershowers, we had better not try to go back to Pamachi 
alone. So Monday we traveled to Madera where we were 
supposed to have met Jose before traveling the dirt road to the 
camp. As we filled up on gas, we were told by the gas station 
attendant that Jose thought we were ahead of them, so they 
went on up the road. We hurried to catch up. All the 
directions we got said basically, "You can't miss it; just keep 
going." So, after going much farther than seemed reasonable, 
and running into others we could ask for instructions, we 
retraced our path until almost dark and set up camp along the 
road. About midnight we were wakened by two vans full of 
people who stopped, got out, and began talking. I went out to 
talk to them and found out that they too were headed to the 
camp and, although they had missed the turn earlier on, were 
sure the camp was on the last main road that headed south. 
Tuesday morning we had just broken camp and had a quick 


bowl of cereal when we saw Jose's truck on the ridge above us. 
We were thankful to have a guide to follow and quickly jumped 
into the van. 

The week at camp was very nice. We had some good 
conversations with many who are working with the Tarahumara 
in the area. Several Mexican pastors taught the young folks 
excellent lessons about following the Lord, serving Him in their 
daily lives, seeking His will, and following His will about 
missions and other important topics as well as singing hymns 
and playing soccer and volleyball We met a few Americans 
who knew friends of ours and had worked with other friends in 
missions to the Tarahumara. We were glad to have had the 
contact and fellowship. 

Saturday morning we pulled out at 4:00 A.M. with 
everyone except Dad asleep in the van. We recrossed the 
border about 12:00 noon. 

As we talk about the trip we have much to be thankful for 
and much to pray about. We are thankful that we have been so 
richly blessed, that we were privileged to take this trip, that 
God kept everyone safe and healthy, that the van worked well, 
(and on and on). We moan as we think of all those little 
villages like Pamachi without a faithful witness for Christ. We 
pray for workers to go out into the harvest. We pray for the 
families who have lost little ones. We pray that our short visit 
and that of others will plant and water so that God may give the 
increase. We pray that God would allow us to be used 
somehow, someway to spread His Gospel and share His love 
and the truth of His Word, 

Bart Taylor 
Tuolumne, California 

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. 

II Corinthians 9:165 




(The following is the fourth in a series of articles on the 
various meeting houses used by the Old Brethren since their 

j In 1852 the Lutherans erected for a house of worship, a 

simple frame structure about three miles west of Goshen, 
Indiana, at the intersection of what is now county roads 15 and 
32. This building measures thirty-one by thirty-four feet and is 
of very plain design. There is no church style architecture nor 
any ornamentation on either the building or it furnishings. 
Entrance was through two single doors spaced twelve feet 
apart, one for men, the other for women. The interior was all 
one room with a wood-fired heating stove in the center. The 
Lutherans abandoned this property in 1894, and it grew up in 
weeds and brush. 

The Old Brethren began using this meeting house some time 
around 1921 to 1923 and quit using it after the 1928-29 

A cemetery next to the church property was used by the Old 
Brethren for one burial, that of Jeremiah Jacobs. Following is 
the obituary as published in the May, 1922, Testimony of Truth: 

Jacobs— Brother Jeremiah Jacobs was born at York, Pa. 
April 25, 1838, and died at the home of Brother Ralph and 
Sister Ruth Peters, near Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana, 
March 19, 1922, age 83 years, 10 months, and 24 days. His 
death was very sudden. He was blind for about 7 years. His 
companion died a good many years ago. He had no near 
relatives, and he came to Indiana about 7 years ago, and had a 
home among the members, and was cared for by the members 
of the Old Brethren Church, Was at the visit a good many 
years, and firm in the faith with the Old Brethren. A while 
before his death, he was anointed according to the instructions 
given by James 5:4. Realizing the nearness of his dissolution, 



he already had his coffin made, in which his remains may be 
consigned to the tomb in a plain way, and not after the style of 
the world. His funeral was conducted by the Old Brethren, 
from Job 14:14. -S. W. Yost 

Miriam Peters Comstock, daughter of Ralph and Ruth 
Peters, says this funeral was held in the St. John meeting house, 
but she does not know whether this house was in regular use by 
the Old Brethren at that time. 

The writer has memories of attending services here as a 
child. This meant a seven mile, one way, trip by horse drawn 
vehicle. A few names of families who were part of this 
congregation in this era are S. W. (Sammy) and Amanda Yost, 
Reed and Rosa Nead, William (Will) and Francis (Fanny) 
Miller, Reuben and Stella Flora, Kate Flora, Levi and Catherine 
(Katie) Ganger, Isaac and Mary Wagner, Elizabeth (Betty) 
Graybill, Daniel and Susan Graybill, Jacob and Laura Cripe, 
Lester and Carrie Moser, John and Francis Hufford, and Ralph 
and Ruth Peters. 

After 1929 the building received only minimal maintenance 
and began to decline until a local historical society took an 
interest in its restoration as a historical landmark. In the last 
decade, a new fieldstone foundation was laid, a new wood 
shingle roof was applied, new yellow poplar siding was 
installed, and the building was painted. In 1998 St, Johns 
meeting house is in prime condition, but it is unused except for 
occasional historical society meetings. It is listed in the 
National Register of Historic Places. 

Harold Royer 
Goshen, Indiana 

Happiness is often the result of being too busy to be 



Thanks be, O God, for the great love 
You daily send from heaven above, 
That calls us when we go astray 
And keeps us in the narrow way. 

Thanks be, O God! You sent Your Son, 
To save us from the sin we'd done. 
Because of love, You made this way, 
So we can live in endless day. 

Thanks be, O God! We have Your Word 
To verify the truths we've heard; 
And if we search this Word each day, 
'Twill purify this sinful clay. 

Thanks be, O God! Your Spirit's here 
To help us keep our conscience clear; 
And if we yield, 'twill mold this clay 
And never let us go astray. 

Thanks be, O God! Though made of clay, 
We need not then e'er go astray; 
For if we yield along the way, 
You'll guide us safe to endless day. 
—James Beery 

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy 
endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom 
he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy. 

Psalm 107:1 2 



God, in wanting to restore fallen man to His honor and 
worship, gave His only begotten Son to accomplish this. For 
this to happen He needed to win and captivate the intellectual 
mind to know Him as Sovereign and capable of performing that 
which He promised. 

Satan knew who Jesus was and what His mission was, and 
tried to prevent it when He was born, when He began His 
ministry, and finally, in his ignorance, took His life. (I Cor. 2:8) 

For man to know and receive the Spirit of Christ, we need 
to learn of Him and what He sacrificed. As the mind gains this 
knowledge, it motivates our behavior. If this knowledge is of 
the Spirit of Christ, we will become like Him and will bear fruits 
that will honor His name, "In whom are hid all the treasures of 
wisdom and knowledge." (Col. 2:3) 

Jesus first revealed Himself by His physical powers. This 
attracted multitudes to Him, but when He told them His mission 
and that He wanted to save them from their sins and give them 
eternal life, and that He needed man's total being for this to 
happen-this created a problem for much of humanity (and still 
does). Therefore when their hearts reject this, they are unable 
to conceive the truth and reality of salvation and are kept in the 
bondage of sin. 

Jesus knew the problem man had with His message. 
Therefore He taught in parables. These were lessons of nature 
that all men could understand, like sowing seeds and the 
conditions of the soil, the value of precious earthly things, and 
man's response to this, etc. After Jesus would reveal a parable, 
He said, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." Those that 
were near to Him in the Spirit asked Him about the parable. He 
answered by saying, "Unto you it is given to know the mystery 
of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all 


these things are done in parables; That seeing they may see, 
and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not 
understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their 
sins should be forgiven them. M (Mark 4:11,12) All these things 
spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables: and without a 
parable spake He not unto them. "And in them is fulfilled the 
prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and 
not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of 
hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they 
should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should 
understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I 
should heal them." (Matt. 13: 14,15) Jesus continues on and 
says, "But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, 
for they hear. " 

The evidence of being able to see with our eyes, and hear 
with our ears is in fruit bearing and being able to prove in 
picture language the meaning of the parables. To do this is now 
the responsibility of all believers. This is now the testimony that 
will judge the world. "Ye are the light of the world. A city that 
is set on an hill cannot be hid." (Matt. 5:14) All believers are 
called to this ministry. To not feel accountable to this and not 
prove it in picture language, what we think we have will be 
taken from us and given to him that hath. 

—Kenneth Martin 


Lori Myers was baptized in the Indiana congregation on 
October 11, 1998. May God be with her as she serves in the 
Church of Jesus Christ. 

Lori's address: 402 1/2 E. Water, Greenville, OH 45331 


HILTY ~ A son, Shaun Damar, born September 24 to Jeff and 
Allison Hilty of Goshen, Indiana. 

FLORA - A daughter, Jillian Kate, born October 17 to Greg 
and Elisabeth Flora of Nappanee, Indiana. 


Verl Brubaker: 19204 Cherokee Rd. 

Tuolumne, CA 95379-9605 

(209) 928-3356 

Darrell Martin: 1439 Montclair Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95350-0561 

Keith Rhoades: 28772 CR. 44 

Nappanee, IN 46550 
(219) 862-4142 

Merrill Royer: 24975 CR. 40 

Goshen, IN 46526-9209 
(219) 862-1420 

Eddie Wagner: 4545 Overland Place 
Salida, CA 95368 

There is wisdom in taking time to care; 
There's wisdom in giving and wanting to share; 
There's wisdom in grace and making amends; 
There's wisdom in having and keeping good friends. 



A First-Day-of-School Lesson 

"Amber cried at school today!" Roger tattled as he climbed 
into the car after the first day of school. 

"Why did you cry?" Mother asked Amber, who was a new 

"Because I got one wrong on my paper, and Jenny got hers 
all right. Teacher said we both did a good job, but mine should 
have all been right, too!" Amber declared. 

"What was wrong with the one you had wrong?" 
wondered Mother. 

"I forgot to do it," a trembly little voice answered. "I knew 
the answer, so I should have gotten 100 like Jenny did. I'm just 
as smart as she is!" 

"Now wait a minute," Mother began. " Is that why you are 
upset about missing one? Is it your pride that hurts?" 

When there was no answer from Amber, Mother continued, 
"You will need to do your best at your work. Check over your 
papers to make sure you didn't miss any. Then, when you get 
some wrong, you must accept the fact that you aren't perfect. 
Neither are you better than anyone else. Sometimes Jenny will 
probably miss one, and yours might be all right, but that 
certainly won't mean you are smarter than Jenny. Be willing to 
learn from your mistakes. That is being humble. In the Bible, 
James tells us that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the 
humble. That means that God does not accept people who are 
proud and think they know everything. It is the humble people 
who are willing to learn and change, that God accepts as His 
children. Can you understand that, Amber?" 

Mother glanced at Amber in time to see her thoughtfully 
nodding her head, "Yes." 

Roger then began chatting with Mother about other exciting 
things that happened on this first day of school. In a few 

minutes, Mother looked over at Amber again and saw a relaxed, 
peacefully-sleeping little girl. 

Linda Frick 

Gettysburg, Ohio 


Pilgrim, Seek Not Yet Repose 

Pilgrim, seek not yet repose; Cast thy dreams of ease away; 
Thou art in the midst of foes: Pilgrim, ever watch and pray! 

Gird thy heavenly armor on; Wear it ever night and day; 
Near thee lurks the evil one; Pilgrim ever watch and pray! 

Hear the victors who o'ercame; Still they watch each warrior's way; 
All with one clear voice exclaim, Pilgrim ever watch and pray! 

Hear above all these, thy Lord, Him thou lovest to obey; 

Hide within thy heart His Word; Pilgrim, ever watch and pray! 

Watch, as if on that alone Hung the issue of the day; 

Pray that help may be sent down; Pilgrim, ever watch and pray! 

By Charlotte Elliot in The Christian Hymnary 

Selected by Sharon See 














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VOL.45 DECEMBER. 1998 No. 12 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2:11 


Gentle Mary laid her Child 
Lowly in a manger; 
There He lay, the Undefiled, 
To the world a stranger. 
Such a Babe in such a place, 
Can He be the Saviour? 
Ask the saved of all the race 
Who have found His favor. 

Angels sang about His birth; 
Wise men sought and found Him; 
Heaven's star shone brightly forth 
Glory all around Him. 
Shepherds saw the wondrous sight, 
Heard the angels singing; 
AH the plains were lit that night; 
All the hills were ringing. 

Gentle Mary laid her Child 
Lowly in a manger; 
He is still the Undefiled, 
But no more a stranger. 
Son of God of humble birth, 
Beautiful the story; 
Praise His name in all the earth; 
Hail the King of glory! 

Joseph Simpson Cook, 1859-1933 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, C A 95379 


Famous men have donated generously to the welfare of the 
poor. John D. Rockefeller gave half of his billion dollar fortune 
to noble causes. Financiers give to receive tax benefits. We all 
are instructed to share with those in need. But no gift of any 
magnitude can in any sense compare with the giving of Jesus 
Christ. Listen to Paul in II Corinthians 8:9: "For ye know the 
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for 
your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might 
be rich. " 

Men may give of their abundance. Alexander Mack shared 
his modest estate with brethren to pay fines imposed by the 
government for the stand they took for Christ. But Jesus 
owned all things. He came from ivory palaces to be born in a 
stable. He became poor. How did He through His poverty 
make us rich? 

Paul, in the same letter (II Cor. 6:10) claims that he was 
involved in this too. "... as poor, yet making many rich; as 
having nothing, and yet possessing all things." Apparently there 
is more than one kind of riches. We naturally think of riches in 
terms of money or property or holdings of some sort. But these 
are not true riches, and these are not what Jesus won for us 
through His poverty. 

In Jesus' sermon on the mount, He said, "Lay not up for 
yourselves treasures upon earth. . . But lay up for yourselves 
treasures in heaven. . . For where your treasure is, there will 
your heart be also. God intends for us to acquire the true 
riches. He warns us repeatedly about earthly riches or the 
wrong attitude toward them. Jesus said, "How hard it is for 
them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!" 
But it seems we cannot amass too much of the heavenly 


treasure. What are these riches that Jesus gives us through His 
poverty? Merchants capitalize on the lowly birth of Jesus. 
(They are looking for a "green" Christmas this year.) But this is 
not the enrichment Jesus offers. 

Rich in faith. James 2:5: ". . . Hath not God chosen the 
poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which 
he hath promised to them that love him?" Faith is a treasure the 
poor can have in abundance, and on that basis, God chooses 
them for greater blessings. 

Rich in good works, "Charge them that are rich in this 
world. . . that they be rich in good works." (I Tim. 6:17,18) 
Those that have this world's goods can be a blessing in the 
Kingdom if they use the riches well. However, this is only one 
type of good works. Even the poor can be encouragers, faithful 
promoters of the Gospel, and diligent laborers in prayer. 
Without the incarnation, when Jesus took on Him our nature 
and our poverty, no one would have the heavenly riches. 

Riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7: "In whom we have 
redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according 
to the riches of his grace," shows how it happened. Jesus was 
born to take on Him our flesh and blood, and then He poured 
out His blood to bring about redemption, forgiveness, and the 
riches of His grace. In hymn 64 by Francis Scott Key we have 
these words: 

Let Thy grace, my soul's chief treasure 

Love's pure flame within me raise; 

And, since words can never measure, 

Let my life show forth Thy praise. 
The Laodicean Christians made the mistake of thinking 
they were rich when, by God's standard, they were "wretched, 
and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." God's counsel 
to them was "buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest 
be rich; and white raiment, .that thou mayest be clothed, and that 
the shame of thy nakedness do not appear. . ." Could we 


be making similar mistakes? When we buy clothes or a car or a 
house, do we rate them entirely by the price tag, or do we ask 
ourselves and God what these are worth in true values. What 
kind of testimony do they give? With whom do they identify 
us? Is our bank account or insurance policy enough to provide 
for us as we enter the seventh millennium of human history? 
Proverbs 1 1 ;4 tells us, "Riches profit not in the day of wrath: 
but righteousness delivereth from death. " 

There is more in the precious Word of God about the true 
riches and how we can possess these riches through Jesus. 
How we should praise Him for the incarnation of Jesus, the Son 
of God! What rejoicing there should be in our hearts and in the 
house of God for the poverty of Jesus that through His poverty 
we might be made rich! Some turned away from Jesus because 
of their riches, and some wisely ran to Him to receive the riches 
of His grace. Those who have only the world's riches really 
have no cause to celebrate His birth into the world. But 
those who value the true riches can sing with Samuel Kinsey, 
"Rejoice at the birth of your heaven-born King, Who grace and 
salvation to sinners doth bring. " — L.C. 

The following article is the second by Brother Bart telling 
ns of his family's trip into Mexico this past summer. 


Most generally the needs of the Tarahumara people fall of 
course into the two main categories of physical and spiritual 
needs. Their physical needs are for food, clothing, medical 
supplies and services, clean drinking water and some type of 
industry or employment. Their greatest spiritual need is 
obviously the need for the light of God's Word. The physical 
needs and the spiritual needs go hand in hand. It is hard for a 
people to see God's love or hear His Word when there are deep 
physical needs. On the other hand, the spiritual needs are so 


extremely important that one must be careful to present the 
Gospel as separate from the physical provisions lest people 
develop a shallow, external interest in the Gospel for the 
purpose of gaining the physical provisions. The needs of the 
Tarahumara people are great. 

One fact that will ring in my consciousness, perhaps for the 
rest of my life, was the statement that in one Tarahumara village 
of about 200 people, six children between the ages of two and 
four had died in the last twelve months. When questioned 
about this, the people responded that it was a combination of 
not having good water to drink and not having enough food. 
Children up to about age two are fed and provided with liquid 
through their mothers. About the time the children are two 
years of age, they no longer have the mother as a direct source 
of nourishment. These children now drink for themselves in the 
only source often available, the creek or river. Further, there is 
at times just not enough food to keep these little ones alive. By 
the time they pass four years of age, they have gained some 
resistance to the bad water, are bigger and stronger physically 
and so can go longer without food and can fight off diseases 
and infections more easily and are big enough to go out and get 
food for themselves. 

Another of the physical needs is that for warm clothing. 
Many of the Tarahumara live above 9,000 feet. While much of 
the year is moderate in temperature, the cold, dry winter months 
can be very harsh. We were told that if ice forms or snow falls 
on some of the northern slopes, it will probably be there for 
several months. 

The last physical need I will address is that of industry and 
employment. It seems that the Tarahumara people, for the most 
part, would work hard to try to provide for their needs. Many 
of them have small farms or handicraft skills that would be 
marketable if the market existed. Most of the men spend at 
least part of each year in the bigger cities where moral 


conditions are bad. They are away from their families and are 
treated very badly by the general Mexican populace in order to 
try to earn a little money to take back to the village to help 
support the community. 

And naturally, the greatest need is their spiritual need. The 
Tarahumara have their own indigenous religion which is tied 
closely to animism, idolatry, and appeasing "evil spirits." Where 
the Catholic Church is present at all, it tends to encourage these 
pagan practices along with immorality and drunkenness. It 
seems that many of the Tarahumara people are hungry for the 
truth of God's Word. Often when orq shares the truth, there 
are individuals who want to hear, asking many questions to 
learn as much as possible. 

What might be done for these shy, humble, peaceable 
people? Perhaps providing transportation to market for their 
goods, taking them to medical help, helping develop a market 
and industry for individual villages, and encouragement would 
help many of the physical needs. What would be the cost of 
drilling a well and installing a wind mill to pump the safe 
drinking water to a tank? A warehouse of simple medical 
supplies would be helpful in most communities. And finally, 
pray for workers to go out into the harvest for, "How then shall 
they call upon him in whom they have not believed? and how 
shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and 
how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14) 
Bart Taylor Tuolumne, California 


The first churches were governed alone by the New 
Testament and as long as the professors had no other rule 
among them, then it was that they worshipped God agreeably to 
the word and will—and furthermore there was not so much 
contention about the proper mode of worship; they could then 
all see alike. -Peter Nead 



A Child and the Bible -Sel. Apr 

Annual Meeting 1998 -Michael Harris Sep 

As Unto Me -Sel. by Philip and Annette Royer Mar 

Back to School -L.C. Sep 

Courage -Sel. Feb 

Dark Victory (Hymn Story) - Bess A. Olson (Sel.) Jan 

Earthly Treasures Will Decay -Ken Johnson Jan 

Forgiveness -L.C. Jan 

Giving Thanks -L.C. Oct/Nov 

God Is Good -L.C. Jun/Jul 

God's Peace -Sel. Mar 

God's Word -L.C. Aug 

How Great Thou Art -Sel. Mar 

Hurry! Time Is Running Out -Lester Showalter Feb 

Life in Christ -Michael Harris Apr 

Needs of the Tarahumara People -Bart Taylor Dec 

Personal Experiences in Mexico -Bart Taylor Oct/Nov 

Preceding Pentecost -L.C. May 

Remembering Grandpa -David Skiles Feb 

Repentance, the Forerunner of Salvation -Kevin Garber Mar 

Resurrection Now—For Us -L.C. Apr 

Riches of Grace Through the Incarnation -L.C. Dec 

Search Me, O God -Sel. Feb 

Strife -Calvin Johnson May 

Thank You -Tom and Cindi Anderson May 

True Beauty -L.C Feb 

The Way That Seemeth Right -Sel. by Herman Royer Aug 

Valleys -L.C. Mar 

In private, watch your thought. In the family watch your 
temper. From the May, 1922 Testimony of Truth 


Acts 1:9 -Miriam Sauder May 

Alone -Ben Price (Sel.) Apr 

Because Someone Cared -Mary Hursh (Sel) Sep 

Changed -L.C. Apr 

Deception or Truth -James Beery Mar 
Give of Your Best to the Master -Howard B. Grose (Sel.) Sep 

God Is Good -L.C. Jun/Jul 

Gratitude -James Beery Oct/Nov 

I Thirst -GailStorkel Feb 

Looking Unto God -Samuel Longfellow (Sel.) Mar 

New Year Wishes (1896 Sel.) Jan 

Not Forgotten -James Beery May 

O Wonderful, Wonderful Word -J. L. Sterling (Sel.) Aug 

Our Children -Sharon See Aug 

Our Choice -James Beery Feb & Aug 
Pilgrim, Seek Not Yet Repose -Charlotte Elliot Sel by Sharon See Aug 

Pilgrims and Strangers -Rhoda Cripe (Sel.) Dec 

Praise the Lord -Eva Ham (Sel.) Jun/Jul 

Security -James Beery Jan 

Song of Love and Praise (Sel.) Oct/Nov 

Sowing Good Seed Sel. by Norman Cable Feb 

Spirit Power -L.C. May 

Stabat Mater -Sel. by Michael Harris Apr 

Till He Come -E. Bickersteth (Sel.) Feb 

The Clock of Time (Sel.) Jan 

The Last Hour (Sel.) May 

The Question -James Beery Apr 

The Reason -James Beery Aug 

The Teacher -L. P. Hill (Sel.) Sep 

To the Young -J. I. Cover Mar 


Cober Church -Martha Cover Jun/Jul 

Rossville Meeting House -Harold Royer Aug 

Camden Meeting House -Harold Royer Sep 

St. John's Lutheran Meeting House -Harold Royer Oct/Nov 

The North Union Meeting House -Harold Royer Dec 


By Kenneth Martin 

Knowing Christ 


The Plan of Salvation 


Eating His Flesh and Drinking His Blood 


A Living Sacrifice 


Jesus Christ: Our Advocate 


Jesus Christ: Our Succour 


For His Name's Sake 









For Youth -Martha Wagner 


The Use of Time ~Sel. 


That Cross -Jennifer Brandt 

Mar & Apr 

Jesus Is Our Token -Tricia Lengyel 


A New Clean Heart -Jennifer Brandt 


A Hint from a Cripple -Sel. 



Grandma's Visit -Linda Frick Jan 

The Black Spot -Linda Frick Feb 

Feed My Lambs -Everett Oyler Mar 
Rules for a Child at School -Christopher Dock (Sel.)Apr 

Chet Could Not Wait -Linda Frick May 

Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother -Linda Frick Jun/Jul 

That Little Girl's Mother Lied to Her -Linda Frick Aug 

Following the Recipe -Linda Frick Sep 

A First Day of School Lesson -Linda Frick Oct/Nov 

Can You Be Quiet? -Linda Frick Dec 


Simon Stalter 

March 15 

Bethany Royer 

March 15 

Joy Royer 

March 15 

Jessica Cover 

March 15 

Wanda Pletcher 

April 26 

Regina Bayer 

May 17 

Jennifer Brandt 

June 14 

Lori Myers 

October 1 1 

Michael Aaron Beery 
Addison Royal Johnson 
Elias James Royer 
Laban Thomas Royer 
Wylan James Bowser 
Jessalyn Rachel Coning 
Austin Keith Moser 
(Joseph) Craig Cover 
Elizabeth Rose Tate 
Shaun Damar Hilty 
Daniel Joseph Wagner 
Jillian Kate Flora 


January 6 
January 3, 1997 
February 21 
March 12 
May 5 
June 7 
July 23 
July 24 
August 1 1 
September 24 
October 7 
October 17 

Matthew Martin and Sarah Cover 

July 18 


William Hitch 
David Huffman 
Bessie Huffman 

December 5, 1997 Jan 

May 8, 1998 Jun/Jul 

July 5, 1998 Aug 




In 1876 the community southwest of Wakarusa, Indiana, 
built a house of worship one mile south and one and one-half 
miles west of town. This was a nondenominational effort, 
and the building was open to anyone in the community. Sunday 
services, Sunday schools, funerals, revival meetings, and singing 
schools were held here. A cemetery adjoined the building, and 
the location was named North Union. A similar project three 
miles south was called South Union. 

By 1948 the building had not been used for many years 
except for an occasional funeral or special service, and it was in 
need of repairs. In that year a meeting of interested persons 
was called to decide whether to remove the building or to 
restore it to usable condition. About forty-five people attended, 
and it was decided to restore the building. Three trustees were 
appointed to oversee the work, and the project was considered 
complete by the following spring. Electric lights were installed 
for the first time. 

At this time the Indiana Old Brethren congregation had 
begun a modest growth. Also, some folks from Ohio began to 
fellowship with the Indiana brethren in late 1947, so it was no 
longer suitable to meet in homes for worship services as had 
been done in northern Indiana since 1929. The Old Brethren 
agreed to accept responsibility for continued maintenance of the 
meeting house in exchange for its use. The first meeting of the 
Old Brethren in the North Union house was held May 1, 1949. 

The building was simple in design with no ornamentation 
either inside or outside. Entrance was through a set of double 
doors at the north end which faced the road. There was also a 
single door in the southwest corner and another on the west 


side. The interior was all one room with two hand fired stoves 
for heating. A curtain stretched across the south end separated 
an improvised kitchen area from the main auditorium. A small 
space was also partitioned off in the rear corner for a mothers' 
room. Water came from a hand pump on the west side of the 

The Old Brethren used this meeting house until they built 
their own in ! 968. The North Union Meeting House was torn 
down in August, 1982, by an Old Order Mennonite crew, and 
the salvageable material found its way into local farm buildings. 
The benches were stored for a time and are now being used by a 
young Old Order Mennonite settlement near Carson City, 

Among those awaiting the resurrection from the North 
Union Cemetery are the following: Edward Royer (1875- 
1964), Leah Royer Skiles (1894-1988), Reuben Flora (1881- 
1953), Stella Flora (1882-1972), Eleanor Skiles (1884-1962), 
and Larry Stalter (1940-1997). Eleanor Skiles was the second 
wife of John Skiles who gave ground for the Rossville meeting 
house in 1921. 

In 1998 the only hint that there might ever have been a 
building at this site is the old pump. 

Harold Royer 
Goshen, Indiana 

WAGNER - A son, Daniel Joseph, born October 7 to Danny 
and Donna Wagner of Dallas Center, Iowa. 

Verl Brubaker 19194 Cherokee Rd 
Darrell Martin 153 9 Montclair Dr. 
Eddie Wagner's phone: (209) 545-3232 



We believe it is the desire of all men to experience the 
sensation of joy. It blesses our hearts and moves us emotionally 
to express it with our tongues and lives. This, in turn, will have 
an effect on those that hear us and observe our countenances. 
We believe joy is a necessary experience for our physical being 
to function properly. It brings healing to our bodies and minds 
that nothing else could do for us. 

The Scriptures remind us of some of the experiences of man 
that bring joy to our hearts: like in harvest time, in physical 
deliverance from our enemies, the bridegroom in the presence 
of his bride, physical life and health, etc. These are natural 
experiences of life that most all men have in common, and they 
affect us all alike. The responses are basically the same in all 
languages and people. 

We believe joy and happiness are God's will for all men. 
This was man's experience in the Garden of Eden. There was 
nothing that marred man's joy, happiness, and communion with 
God, but in man's disobedience this all changed. Man put 
himself under the bondage of suffering and death. Hebrews 
2:15: "And deliver them who through fear of death were all 
their lifetime subject to bondage." God promised that in time 
He would deliver man from this bondage and would provide a 
way for man to again be restored to love and fellowship with 
Him and one another, and that joy and happiness would be 
man's lot if he responded to this deliverance. 

When this promise began to reveal itself, it created such a 
glorious sensation that the heavens could not contain it. This 
took place in the night when most men were sleeping. And 
there were shepherds watching their sheep, "and, lo, the angel 
of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone 
round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel 
said unto them, fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings 


of great joy, which shall be to all people." (Luke 2:9,10) The 
angel also told them what took place and where they could find 
this which came to pass. The effect it had on them, and also on 
Simeon and Anna and many others, is the effect it will have on 
all those that truly see Jesus: "And the shepherds returned, 
glorifying and praising God ..." 

With David of old we can say, "Thou hast made known to 
me the ways of life: thou shalt make me full of joy with thy 

The Scriptures declare that the joy of salvation and the 
deliverance from the power of sin and the grave is the most 
excellent experience of body and soul, and the expression of this 
is by our tongue and countenance, the latter being the true 
expression. Proverbs 27:17: "Iron sharpeneth iron, so a man 
sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." Our countenance is 
expressing the truth of our hearts. Is it expressing the "joy of 
the Lord"? 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee,' Indiana 

Can You Be Quiet? 

Have you heard the Old Testament story about the children 
of Israel walking around the city of Jericho once every day for 
six days, and seven times on the seventh day? After the seventh 
round on the seventh day, they all shouted, and the walls around 
the city fell down flat. This is the way the Lord chose to give 
Jericho to the children of Israel. 

The Lord told Joshua everything He wanted the people to 
do. Joshua told the people all the commands of the Lord, and 
the people obeyed. 

There was one command that I think would be very hard for 
some of us to obey. That command is given in Joshua 6:10, 


"And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not 
shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any 
word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout." 

Jericho was a very small city compared to our cities today. 
We would probably call it a small town or village. Perhaps it 
was less than a mile that the children of Israel had to walk each 
day when they walked around Jericho. Some grown-ups can 
easily walk a mile in fifteen minutes, but this was a whole crowd 
of people walking together, with the priests carrying the Ark of 
God and seven other priests blowing rams-horn trumpets. It 
might have taken an hour or more to walk around the city each 
of the first six days, and seven hours or more on the seventh 
day. Everyone obeyed the command to not make any noise 
with their voices for all that time. Think of being in a crowd of 
people with other children right beside you. Could you have 
obeyed that command? 

I remember when I was a young child, that sometimes in 
church I'd make a real quiet noise with my voice while the 
minister was preaching, thinking no one would hear me. But 
someone did hear me, and my parents soon quieted me. Now I 
hear other little children doing the same thing. We just like to 
talk and use our voices, don't we? 

There are times, though, that we need to be completely 
quiet~in church, in class time at school, in family devotions, 
when adults are talking, and probably other times, too. Can you 
be quiet when you are told to? 

What do you suppose would have happened if the children 
of Israel would not have obeyed this command? Do you think 
maybe the walls of Jericho would not have fallen down? We 
don't know. We just know that when God commands, He 
expects us to obey. When our parents and teachers command, 
they expect us to obey, too. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


Pilgrims and Strangers 
We are pilgrims here and strangers, 
Traveling to yon happy home; 
We must not stop; we must not linger, 
Though we toil and walk alone. 

To linger and hang back there's danger 
Where allurements all around 
Which might make us miss the right way 
Where the old landmarks are found. 

If we turn away from sinning 
And we watch on every side, 
Then the Lord will help us ever 
And no evil will betide. 
By Rlioda A. Cripe in the Testimony of Truth, 1922